16 (unsupervised by a guardian)
If you love the outdoors and would like to get more actively involved in keeping your local rights of way network open all year round, then volunteering as part of the Somerset Strimmer Scheme is for you! The Somerset Strimmer Scheme gives individuals training and loans the equipment needed to cut back vegetation along public footpaths and bridleways. The scheme is run in partnership with parish councils.
Being a Rights of Way volunteer is great for those who love the outdoors and have a keen eye. You will need the capability to use and maintain a brush cutter / trimmer. Full training will be given, and you will get an industry recognised Brushcutter certificate.
This role is flexible as we understand that some volunteers will be able to spare more time than others.
As part of the role you will be required to:
- Attending and passing a recognised competent persons training course for brush cutter and trimmer operation and maintenance
- Carrying out regular vegetation clearance works with a brush cutter or trimmer on public rights of way with the intention of reducing the need for your Area Warden to spend resources on contractors for vegetation clearance
- Liaising with the Area Warden and Parish Council on vegetation clearance
- Following control measures to comply with safety precautions
- Sharing machinery and kit with other parishes as necessary
- Promote responsible use of the public rights of way network through observing the Countryside Code
- Record the hours you spend volunteering
In addition, you may also wish to:
- Liaise with members of the public for vegetation reports
- Liaise with other volunteers in your local area
I help to promote easier access to the countryside for local people
I am glad to use and help maintain footpaths in my area as Footpaths Officer of my Parish Council
I feel I am giving something back and contributing