Countryside ranger service
The current countryside ranger service is made up of:
- access rangers
- access officers
- path wardens
Our main role is to manage the path network by:
We work with local communities to assist with guided walks and activities during:
- work with the Walk it project
- give talks on request
- assist schools with students' green curriculum
- assist community organisations with environmental projects and activities
- manage some countryside and heritage sites
To find out about ranger services across Scotland visit the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association.
A duty is something you are obliged to do under law. We have a duty to keep paths open and free from obstruction and to allow people responsible access to the countryside.
A power is something that you have permission to do under law. For example, putting up signs to direct people or installing a boardwalk.
Path maintenance and grants for Community Council areas
Although we manage the maintenance of the path network Community Councils or local paths groups may manage some smaller maintenance in their local area.
If your Community Council or local group undertakes path works there is a small grant that allows you to claim back some of the costs, up to £450.
What you can claim for
- general path maintenance
- path improvements
- grass cutting
- vegetation removal
- installation of gates and other infrastructure
When you should claim
You must submit your claim form by the 28 February for work undertaken in the previous year. Details or a plan of the paths that have had work done on them and any receipts must be included with your grant application.
For further information contact the rangers or print out the grant application form.