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Do you want to make a difference in your local area by being the link between the Rights of Way team and the local community? Then this might be the role for you! As a Parish Path Liaison Officer (PPLO) you will volunteer with Somerset County Council’s Rights of Way team but also be involved with your local Parish of Town Council. This is an important local role where you will help us respond to issues on your local network, whilst ensuring the local community is kept up to date with what is happening on their local Rights of Way and across the county.

Further information

The PPLO role is held by lots of different types of volunteers – some are nominated by the local council, sometimes as part of a wider highways or committee role, others approach the County Council directly though adverts like this one! Whatever your route to taking on the position, you will be supported by the Volunteer and Trails Officer who will endeavour to get you linked up, and supported by the local council as well.

The Rights of Way Team ask that volunteers in this role:

1. Carry out minor vegetation clearance around stiles, gates signposts etc
2. Record any problems reported by the local community/users on the rights of way network to us via the Explore Somerset mapping
3. Help us to identify local landowners
4. Ensure a map showing all the Rights of Way in the area is available for the local community
5. Inform the local council on any work that has been undertaken on the Rights of Way
6. Produce an annual report on the parish network
7. Promote responsible use of the Public Rights of Way network by observing the Countryside Code
8. Record the hours you spend volunteering
9. Respond to issues raised through the Explore Somerset Map and inform the Area Wardens of your findings

Some local councils may ask for other tasks of the volunteer and these should be discussed with the Volunteer and Trails officer before being undertaken. You will be provided with a PPLO handbook and a variety of eLearning, along with a quarterly newsletter.

Volunteers say

It's a great opportunity to get out in the countryside and I feel I am doing something really useful
Feeling connected to the local countryside in a practical way
I'm putting something back into the community






  • 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.


Opportunities vary across the county. Please register your interest to find out what is available in your local area.