Rights of Way

Maintaining Rights of Way in East Dorset.

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Project Summary

Whether you are looking for a great day out in the countryside, a way to get active and take more exercise, or a first step into a career in countryside conservation - volunteering with the Greenspace Team East is a great way to meet new people and gain new skills. We will provide the training, tools, gloves and refreshments!

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  • Start Date: 02/07/2018
  • End Date: 31/12/2019
  • County: Dorset
  • Organisation Name: Dorset County Council
  • Project Category: Improving habitats


Project Description

There are almost 3,000 miles of public rights of way in Dorset: 4,700 footpaths, 1,700 bridleways and 37 byways. The Greenspace Team East are looking for  volunteers to become part of an expanding network of enthusiastic individuals, who take responsibility for maintaining our rights of way and conservation sites.

Ideally we’re looking for people who are able to offer a half day or full day (preferably a Tuesday) on a regular basis during the week, to help us maintain the Rights of Way network in East Dorset.  This is a large area, and we’re a small team!  We use a system called C-Side which allows us to receive complaints and queries from the general public regarding issues such as overgrowing vegetation, broken stiles, obstructions, barbed wire where it shouldn’t be etc.  We’d be asking volunteers to join us one day a week to go out on site and help us deal with these problems, mainly removing vegetation.  Most of the work would involve using hand tools to remove brambles and bracken from paths, and any overhanging vegetation that’s causing an obstruction.  We would supply gloves, tools and training.