launches 'adopt a path' scheme in Burnham-On-Sea area
who regularly use rights of way in the Burnham-On-Sea area are
being invited to help keep routes open and accessible for all
under a new 'adopt-a-path' scheme.
County Councils rights of way team wants to hear from residents
willing to adopt a public footpath, bridleway, restricted byway
or a 'Byway Open to All Traffic'.
are asked to simply walk, cycle or ride their path as often as
possible, report any problems to their local adopt-a-path co-ordinator,
and help keep signs, gates and stiles clear of overgrown vegetation.
for adoption could range from urban paths of 50m to wooded trails
of several miles long.
many parts of Somerset, local Parish Path Liaison Officers and
parish councils already carry out a similar role by walking paths
and carrying out maintenance. The adopt-a-path scheme looks to
build on this.
David Fothergill, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member
with responsibility for Rights of Way, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Somerset has one of the largest rights of way networks in
the country with around 3,800 miles of paths, including 15,000
gates and 11,000 stiles."
adopt-a-path scheme is a fantastic opportunity for community-minded
residents to help us keep an eye on the network and make sure
all paths are accessible."
already have some local parishes who do this and they have been
a great success. So whether you already use a path regularly or
are looking for an excuse to get out more, we would really appreciate
your help. Please get in touch if you have questions or want to
find out more."
well as the obvious physical health benefits to regular exercise
and carrying out basic maintenance work, volunteering is also
good for your mental health.
Anna Groskop, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member for
Health, added: "Adopting a path is a brilliant way to keep
fit. By walking, cycling or riding several times a week you will
be giving your health a huge boost, whatever your age or ability."
would encourage anyone who loves the outdoors and can spare a
few hours here and there to join this rewarding scheme and help
give something back to their local community."
adopt-a-path volunteers will be loaned equipment they might need
such as hi-vis jackets, gloves and secateurs.
can get involved in the project. You can check if a route you
wish to adopt is a public right of way by checking an Ordnance
Survey map or the Interactive Mapping at www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway
and for more information, call 0300 123 2224, email ROWVolunteers@somerset.gov.uk.