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Adopt a Path and TrailWatcher Volunteer - various locations across Somerset

Somerset County Council

Name: Adopt a Path and TrailWatcher Volunteer - various locations across Somerset
Organisation: Somerset County Council
Location: c/o Central Volunteer Team, c/o Spark, Ilminster, TA19 9PY
Type: Part Time
The role is flexible and can fit around your schedule. You can increase or decrease your adopted paths to fit your time commitment. There may also be the opportunity to join other volunteers depending on existing volunteer coverage in your chosen area.


If you love getting out and about and being active in the Somerset countryside then this is the role for you! As a Rights of Way volunteer, you will ‘adopt’ a path or paths to walk. You will regularly (3 or 4 times per year) carry out light cutting back of vegetation from around signposts, gates and styles as well as reporting any problems encountered on local rights of way to the Rights of Way team. This role can fit around you and your schedule and could even be combined with walking the dog! The trail watcher scheme is very similar to the adopt a path scheme but on one of our five promoted routes and includes assisting in an annual survey of the chosen trail. Our fantastic Rights of Way Volunteers make it possible for people to continue to enjoy the Somerset countryside and access rights of way.

Being a Rights of Way volunteer is great for those who love the outdoors and have a keen eye. All you need is enthusiasm and the ability to use secateurs! When you sign up to volunteer with Rights of Way you will receive a digital map of the paths that you can adopt. After choosing your path or paths you will then need to complete a brief induction and will be provided with the equipment required to undertake the role.
Whether you adopt a path or volunteer as a trail watcher your role will be to:
Regularly (3-4 times per year) walk your adopted path(s)
Carry out regular light cutting back of vegetation from around gates, stiles, bridges, way mark posts and signposts, etc.
Promote responsible use of the public rights of way network through observing the Countryside Code
Via Explore Somerset report to Somerset’s Rights of Way Team any problems encountered on local rights of way
Record the hours you spend volunteering
You will be able to access full support and guidance from the Volunteer and Trails Officer or Area Warden. You will also receive the rights of way volunteer newsletter three times a year.

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Organisation Description

Volunteers are a crucial part of our work in communities.


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Cause / Interests

  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Sport & Outdoor Activities
  • Wildlife

Types of Activity

  • Gardening
  • Outdoors
  • Practical Work and DIY

Skills and Qualifications


Enthusiasm and the ability to use secateurs
Undertake an induction
Record volunteer hours
Report any problems with Rights of Way
Somerset County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all volunteers to share this commitment.


Our volunteers say:
Great experience learning new skills and working with a team of friends
I enjoy the experience and feel I am making a contribution to the maintenance of the countryside
Worthwhile, enjoyable and benefits both self and community

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Induction provided
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: Equipment provided, along with access to an electronic mapping site.

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References