Show me the way
IN our Somerset village of Haselbury Plucknett, we also ‘saw the sign’ (Letters, August 17) and applied for listing for our fingerpost on the village green. Today, we have received word from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport that our village fingerpost isn’t worthy of listing. Could this be a wake-up call for a campaign by COUNTRY LIFE? Chris Simmonds
ALL is not lost for the cast-iron signposts of Somerset (Letters, August 17). In our village, volunteers are restoring them with materials paid for by Highways England. However, access to the signpost has to be safely off the road—on a wide verge or in a field, for example. Volunteers may have to cut back brambles and hedging as well as wire brush, prime and then paint the sign.
A survey is being undertaken of the county’s beautiful fingerposts; those on busy roads may have to be repainted by contractors for safety reasons. If you have rusty signposts that can be safely accessed, ask your parish council about a DIY community job. Gill Lindsay Evercreech, Somerset