You may well have noticed the disheveled state of of many traditional fingerpost signs as you travel around Dorset. If you are observant you may have spotted that some have been renovated in recent times. These stand smart and pristine putting their unkempt neighbours to shame. The County Council no longer maintains fingerposts and so it is down to local communities to get the work done using guidelines set down by Dorset ANOB.
The former Chairman of Marshwood Community Land Trust, David Hitchcock, was a keen advocate of renovating the fingerposts around the Marshwood Vale. Before his death in September 2017 David had been planning the restoration of the signpost at the bottom of Mutton Street Lane (pictured below).
Moving on to January 2018 and two local gents have come forward with a plan to tackle the renovation of local fingerposts. They have identified three that are in the most urgent need of TLC, including the Mutton Street sign which will be the first to receive attention.
Restoring a fingerpost costs money. There are oak planks that need to to be planed and shaped into fingers. Cast metal letters and numbers need screwing on and of course the whole thing requires various coats of paint. Marshwood CLT will be looking to help with funding the planned fingerpost restorations.