Dorset Fingerpost Project
Why we need your help.......
Fingerposts are a common feature of the Dorset countryside and their design is thought to be unique. Along with other roadside features like traditional phone boxes and bridge plates they contribute to local character.
With your help and support we can keep them and retain our local distinctiveness.
Of the approximately 1,285 fingerposts thought to exist in the 1950s, 717 survive today. An additional 78 have been replaced entirely with non-traditional new versions in the 1990s, and there are 42 where the old roundels still exist but where the fingerposts themselves have been replaced with modern signs. Some of the 717 originals have been repaired using non-traditional materials or lettering, and others are in need of some care and attention. This is where you can help.
By safeguarding these fingerposts you will be adding value to your area and helping retain Dorset's heritage and local distinctiveness.
The Dorset AONB Fingerpost initiative can support you and take you through the process. We have now produced a Fingerpost 'How to Guide' which assists you through the process, as well as being on hand to help.
Now with the County Council no longer with a remit to repair them, It is vital to restore them to their former glory. We need your to support and commitment to restore these unique fingerposts, so even more don't disappear. Some great examples are on our Handsome Heritage page.
Whilst we want you to have fun and enjoy your spotting and restoration, we also require you to take care extreme care. Please act responsibly, look out for passing traffic, take care around what can be fragile fingerposts, Take any safety precautions that you feel necessary. e.g warning triangles, a helper to watch for traffic, and should you require a fluorescent visible jacket then please contact the Dorset AONB on 01305 228239.