Parish Paths Wardens

The Parish Paths Warden role is a voluntary position, working with the Countryside Service to help maintain, improve and promote Worcestershire's public rights of way network, using their local knowledge.

Parish Paths Wardens are Parish based and usually they are nominated by the parish or town council and then appointed by Worcestershire County Council following an informal interview with the Countryside Access Maintenance and Improvement Officer.

Parish Paths Wardens are expected to survey all the paths within their parish on a yearly basis, waymark the routes, carry out minor vegetation clearance and minor repairs as well as act as a local contact.

Parish Paths Wardens would receive training in all aspects of their work including optional duties they may like to take on, regular newsletters, as well as advice and support from their Countryside Access Maintenance and Improvement Officer.

For more information on Parish Paths Wardens please email countryside@worcestershire.gov.uk or telephone 01905 845617

Access the Parish Path Wardens Log-in

Recreational Route Wardens

Worcestershire County Council's Countryside Service manages a number of waymarked circular walks and long distance trails.

Recreational Route Wardens look after a circular walk or a section of trail. Each volunteer's role is to assist in the maintenance and improvement of each trail, by regularly inspecting the route, carrying out waymarking, minor repairs and minor vegetation clearance and report back on the standard of their section of trail to their Countryside Access Maintenance and Improvement Officer.

Recreational Route Wardens receive training in all aspects of their work including optional duties they may like to take on, regular newsletters, as well as advice and support from their Countryside Access Maintenance and Improvement Officer.

For more information on becoming a Recreational Route Warden please email countryside@worcestershire.gov.uk or telephone 01905 845617.

Risk Assessments

The generic risk assessments here cover the type of work both individual volunteers and volunteer groups carry out.

These risk assessments should not be used alone as it is important to look at the specific site you are working at - a copy of this form can be accessed via the link below and contains prompts for you to consider.

Whilst it is not necessary to print out the activity risk assessments you should record on the site assessment sheet the risk assessments appropriate for the tasks you are doing and make sure you've read them. Print out the site assessment sheet and complete as necessary. Once the task is completed keep the site assessment sheet on file.

Download the Countryside Service Risk Assessment forms