The County Council has produced a set of guidance documents (Countryside Service Design Standards) for use by its own officers, Parish Councils, landowners, conservation volunteers and other groups in Hampshire, to ensure that paths are accessible, safe and enjoyable. They draw on the law, national and local best practice and established local policy. The 'For all Projects' sheet should be read in conjunction with any of the individual guides.
The Design Standards represent a minimum requirement for all applications to the Small Grants Scheme for practical improvements to rights of way and open access land. You must also discuss the proposed work with your local Countryside Access officer before applying. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a site visit.
Download Countryside Service Design Standards.
Using contractors and/or volunteers
You can carry out the work yourself (if you are the landowner) or use volunteers or contractors.
- If using contractors you should provide the company name when applying and enclose a quote and specification for the work. Projects over £2,000 require at least two quotes.
- If using volunteers, you must be confident they have the skills to do the work, and that you/they have adequate insurance cover.
- You can ask an established volunteer group to do the work for you, with or without volunteers from your parish.
- You can use a Community Service Payback Team and you will be responsible for overseeing their work.
Volunteer time can be used to contribute towards match funding, excluding Community Service Payback Teams. See match funding for more information.
Encourage access to the countryside with a professionally designed leaflet or mapboard showing rights of way, access areas and circular routes for walking, cycling and riding in your local area. You can also include information on local history and wildlife, as well as details of local pubs, cafes, shops and visitor attractions.
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