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Providing a benchmark for walkers

Malvern Editorial 6th Nov, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A COMPREHENSIVE list of around 360 seats and benches on the Malvern Hills is being compiled for the first time.

The Malvern Hills Conservators recruited 13 volunteers to trek along hundreds of miles of pathway to compile individual surveys of the condition of benches.

The work also noted where vegetation had overgrown, spoiling the views of the town in key locations.

It is the first time a full list of all of the seats has been commissioned and it has been estimated there are roughly 360 seats on the hills. It is hoped the project will help the Conservators to monitor them more effectively in the future.

Beck Baker, deputy conservation officer, said around half of the surveys had been returned and the rest were expected by the end of December.

She 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.”

Once all of the surveys are returned the benches in need urgent repair will be prioritised.

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