Do you already enjoy exploring Hertfordshire’s natural environment on a bicycle, horse or by foot? If so there are some great volunteering opportunities that will combine this interest with helping to keep the footpaths and bridleways open for use.
Hertfordshire has a network of over 5,000 paths stretching almost 2,000 miles across its picturesque countryside, towns and villages. Hertfordshire County Council’s Rights of Way (RoW) Service is responsible for protecting these, keeping them open, legally defined and easy to use; Volunteers play an increasingly important role in keeping the network of rural and urban Rights of Way open and accessible.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service would like to hear from you if you enjoy exploring the Hertfordshire countryside. The team of CMS Rights of Way volunteers is growing, with a variety of opportunities that suit most interests. As a volunteer you might join a practical volunteer team, survey local paths or take up one of the office based roles, creating maps and administering the survey work.
The CMS Rights of Way volunteer task force are self-sufficient groups that undertake practical improvements to enhance public access on Rights of Way across Hertfordshire. These volunteer teams clear vegetation, install waymark posts and repair bridges, gates and boardwalks. The groups provide a great opportunity to use or learn practical skills in carpentry and estate management whilst making new friends. All training is provided and you don’t need to have previous experience.
The groups meet on site. However, the tools and materials travel out from Hertford. CMS is keen to hear from anyone interested in joining one of these friendly teams as a driver - using a CMS vehicle to travel across Hertfordshire.
The work programme for the practical volunteer teams is drawn from regular surveys of the path network, also undertaken by volunteers. Rights of Way Surveyors receive a half day training course and the chance to shadow an experienced volunteer or CMS officer. Once trained they can ‘adopt’ a patch and survey the paths within it; they are also invited to participate in the biannual ease-of-use survey. If you are out walking anyway, why not sign up and help maintain these paths for us all?
Could you join the team of CMS Rights of Way volunteers? What would you choose to do?
- Footpath Friends – Surveying existing promoted routes
- Route Surveyor – Recording and reporting problems and undertaking light maintenance tasks
- Administrator – Working from our friendly office in Hertford creating maps and dealing with survey findings
- Driver – Transporting tools and materials to practical teams
- Team member – undertaking practical improvements to enhance access on routes
- Team leader – leading teams of practical volunteers
If you would like further information on this interesting new area of volunteering for CMS please visit the volunteer for us pages at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/cms
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