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Volunteers map out benches
2:50pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
AN army of volunteers have been roaming the Malvern Hills testing out the comfiest places to relax and enjoy the views.
More than a dozen recruits have pounded 100 miles of pathways carrying out a survey of seats and benches for the Malvern Hills Conservators.
As well as mapping the exact location of benches, they have been noting their condition and whether they are in need of repair or replacement.
They have also been noting any areas where vegetation is obscuring views.
The Conservators estimate that there are about 360 seats and benches on the hills but this is the first time there will be a comprehensive list of their location and condition.
Deputy conservation officer Beck Baker said: “Our staff began this mammoth task of walking every single path on the hills and mapping every bench, but we soon realised that the scale of this project was larger and more time consuming than initially thought.
“I am very grateful to all of the volunteers who have offered their time and energy to help us create a record of all the seats on the hills which has never been done before. I have already had some of the volunteer’s bench records back and they have done a brilliant job.”
Anyone else interested in volunteering can call 01684 892002 or email beck@malvernhills.
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