Published: 1st OCTOBER 2019

Sustrans Volunteer Rangers, Strawberry Line

Are you passionate about walking and cycling and would like to help look after the National Cycle Network in your area? We’re looking for Volunteer Rangers to help monitor, maintain and enhance the Strawberry Line between Yatton and Cheddar.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Somerset
  • around one day a month
  • volunteer role
  • Ongoing
  • Reference 611181

Across the UK our volunteer groups are giving time to support our work to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.  The Strawberry Line group looks after this popular traffic-free section of National Cycle Network alongside other community groups. Each Ranger is allocated a section to maintain with group workdays taking place on some particularly overgrown sections of path.

We are looking for volunteers to help look after the following sections:

  • Yatton Station to Sandford
  • Sandford to Shute Shelve Tunnel
  • Shute Shelve Tunnel to Cheddar.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Whether you enjoy being outdoors, are looking to meet new people or would like to look after walking the cycling routes in your community this role will provide you with these opportunities.

What does a Volunteer Ranger do?

Volunteering as part of our local group the role involves keeping an eye on your allocated section of route. You will help out by tackling issues such as overgrown vegetation and obscured signage and reporting larger issues such as fallen trees.

  • attend group meetings, workdays and signing rides
  • check for missing or broken signs and replace along the route
  • follow the signing guidance
  • carry out general tidy ups and clear back
  • remove encroaching vegetation
  • look after any artwork or mileposts on your route
  • working alongside other partner organisations to achieve common goals
  • monitoring local planning applications for opportunities to improve the provision for cycling and walking within the area

What we're looking for

We're looking for individuals who are:

  • self-motivated to carry out tasks independently, once directed
  • practical and enjoy being outdoors
  • work well within a team
  • live close to or walk/cycle regularly along the allocated section of route
  • good attention to detail

Time commitment

The following is an outline of the time commitment for this role:

  • a half day initially to attend induction and activity-specific training
  • one to two days per year to attend training events
  • monthly (minimum) - check their section of route
  • attend up to 4 group meetings per year (usually in the evening) to keep up-to-date with local developments and the group plan
  • attend at least one annual training event, to keep up-to-date with best practice guidance on their activities
  • volunteers may also be asked to support periodic workdays organised by the local group

Training and support offered

  • Sustrans volunteer induction
  • Signing training
  • Opportunities to attend regional volunteer networking and training events
  • All agreed volunteer expenses paid

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Sustrans

Sustrans is committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We value equality and inclusiveness and believe that a diverse organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working which strengthens everything we do.


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