Historic Signpost Project

Role Title

Historic Signpost Refurbishment Officers

Main Activity


To keep a watching brief of Exmoor's Cast Iron road side signposts carrying out work as necessary within the limits of the scheme.


We are looking for volunteers to work as part of a team to clean and repaint signposts across Exmoor. Training will be provided on how to carry out this work safely.


You can sign up to one or more of the signposts listed below.   Once you are signed up, accepted and trained you'll be asked to adopt that signpost(s) and keep a watching brief on it:-

  • Removing vegetative growth from around the sign
  • Cleaning it with a soft brush and water
  • Painting it as required
  • Providing a short report (one or two lines), detailing what has been done and recording volunteer hours

By volunteering you also undertake 

  • To attend a safety training session with Somerset County Council before carrying out any work (we will help arrange dates for this, and the qualification is valid for three years)
  • To carry out all work in line with the handbook and risk assessments here.

Once you have signed up to adopt a sign post we will arrange your training with Somerset County Council to ensure both your safety on the road and your insurance is valid.  

Some of the signs may be outside the scope of the training (too fast/busy road).  In this case keep a watching brief and report the problems back to the parish council to arrange works.  Some money may be available to the parish through the National Park Caremoor fund.

Although Exmoor National National Park Authority provides some support and coordination to the scheme volunteers are trained and insured by Somerset County Council Highways as the signs are their property.


As a trained volunteer you'll also have access to social events for all Exmoor volunteers and an email support group for the Historic Signpost Volunteers.  Through this email group you'll be able to request help to work on a sign (to avoid lone working) or to share resources such as tools or paint.


This is a ongoing project started with with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Exmoor National Park Authority and Somerset County Council.


Data Protection

By taking part in this project Exmoor National Park will store your details, and may also share your name and contact details with project partners (Somerset County Council, Parish Councils) solely for the efficient implementation of the project. 




Every parish within the Somerset part of Exmoor National Park.


Time Commitment



We ask for a minimum commitment of three years, but for one sign you may only volunteer 2 or 3 times a year.



All the signs were cleaned and repainted during the summers of 2017 and







2018. This is now an on going project to keep them in shape, clean and repaint






as needed.









Skills/Ability needed


You will need to attend a training day to cover health and safety guidance as you will be carrying out work on a highway, this must be completed before carrying out any work.  Previous experience of any kind of painting work would be an advantage but not essential.


What you need to bring


You will need to wear stout shoes and old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! We will provide all the safety equipment and paint, brushes etc required to complete the task. Volunteers will need their own transport.

What’s in it for you

The opportunity to attend a training day and to contribute to the process of refurbishing historic signposts across Exmoor. There will be great job satisfaction when the work is complete and the signposts in your area are restored back to their former splendour.  You'll also have access to the Exmoor National Park volunteer network, training programme and social events.


What next

Select a signpost listed below to see more details about each one, then fill out the application form.  Once you are signed up to a signpost you'll need to attend a training course (this may take some time as a minimum number of volunteers are required to attend to run it, there is normally a course once or twice a year).  After this you can start, and volunteer to care for more signs if you are able.


If you have any questions you can contact:-

Shirley Blaylock

Historic Signpost Project Officer


Exmoor National Park Authority


Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL Tel: 01398 323259




Patrick Watts-Mabbott

Volunteer and Outreach Officer

Exmoor National Park Authority

Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL

Mobile:  07973727469