Somerset County Council

Volunteer with the Public Rights of Way Team


You can volunteer to help us look after the range of public rights of way across the county within parish and town areas, along specific trails and on specific paths.

Parish Path Liaison Officers (PPLOs) are volunteers who are provided with a handbook and offered a toolkit to help look after their local parish or town path network.  Walking and surveying the paths in the local area they report problems and tackle minor practical tasks.

Trail Watchers are volunteers who carry out a similar role to that of a PPLO, but act as our eyes and ears on the promoted trails: the Coleridge Way, the River Parrett Trail or the West Somerset Coast Path.

The Somerset Strimmer scheme is where volunteers help cut the vegetation back along public footpaths and bridleways. We seek contributions for half of the training costs for each volunteer from your local Parish Council, Town Council or existing volunteer group.  Following training, the loan of a strimmer and the relevant equipment are provided to the volunteer to use during the spring and summer months and collected in the winter for servicing.

A new scheme is Adopt-a-Path.  If you would like to take on the responsibility for regularly walking, riding or cycling your local path or one that you enjoy, let us know.  Participants will be offered secateurs and gloves to keep the path clear.

If you are over 14 years of age you could take part in our Work Experience Scheme if are considering a career in countryside management. The Work Experience Scheme is designed for school pupils seeking a week of working with the various members of the Rights of Way team.

You can find more information in the Information and resources section or you can contact the Rights of Way Team by email or phone 01823 358250.

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