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Path Maintenance Volunteers

The Path Maintenance Volunteers (PMVs) do exactly what their name suggests – they carry out maintenance work on paths.

For many years budget limitations have prevented the Chilterns' counties doing as much path care work as they would like to, so the Chiltern Society stepped in and now the PMV are recognised and applauded for the valuable contribution they make to the authorities' countryside resources.

The work of the PMV helps keep the Chiltern's paths in a good state of repair for the enjoyment of walkers, horseriders and cyclists, so this means the maintenance of footpaths, bridleways and some other less common rights of way. The work ranges from the routine cutting back of nettles and brambles, the heavier annual growth of trees and hedges, to removal of fallen trees, waymarking, repair of stiles and the installation of kissing gates.

No particular skills are required to join the groups but training will be given on the use of tools as and when necessary. Tools are provided and all volunteers are covered by the Chiltern Society's insurance.

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There are three PMV groups as follows, which together cover the whole of the Chilterns:

An example of the sort of valuable work done by PMVs.