Our group developed out of the West Yorkshire Metropolitan County’s Voluntary Ranger Service, which was attached to the county’s Countryside Service. When the WYMC was abolished in 1985/6, the five Metropolitan Boroughs (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) inherited the responsibilities of caring for rights of way and the countryside in general. Kirklees therefore established its own Countryside Service which continued the tradition of using a group of volunteers to assist in conservation work and to encourage the public to get out and enjoy our own local scenery.
In November 2006 we became an independent and self-supporting group retaining the name Kirklees Countryside Volunteers. Some of our members have been involved since the early days of the 1980s, others have joined over the years since. For almost 30 years we have been undertaking conservation work such as improving footpaths and bridleways, tree-planting and dry-stone walling, leading guided walks for the general public, and running courses in map-reading and compass use, all within our district of Kirklees.
There are several other dedicated groups of volunteers who are, mainly, localised and site-specific but our group activities cover the whole area of Kirklees.
Our aim is to help people to discover their local countryside with its network of footpaths and bridleways, and to maintain them.