VOLUNTEERS are being sought to ensure public footpaths in Swanage can be widely enjoyed and accessed.

As part of its Environment Action Plan, Swanage Town Council has commissioned a survey of the state of the local paths and help is needed to carry them out on the 95 footpaths and bridleways in the area.

The public rights of way are maintained by Dorset Council’s countryside services, however it is difficult to monitor all spaces which is why new volunteers are being sought.

There will be a Sustainable Swanage open evening on June 21 at 7pm at the Emmanuel Church where survey forms will be available for anyone who would like to volunteer to inspect paths in Swanage.

A spokesperson said: “Swanage area has 33.7 miles of public paths and bridleways which need to be looked at to make sure they are kept open and in good order, to keep paths free of obstructions and easily accessible.

“The public rights of way network (which includes footpaths and bridleways) is a vital asset. The network is used by people of all ages for things like exercise, getting to schools, shops and other facilities or for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy the local countryside.”