London 2012: Volunteers to maintain Dorset coastline

Lulworth Cove
Image caption The volunteers will work between Portland Bill and Lulworth Cove

Volunteers are being recruited to help maintain and promote Dorset's coastline during the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.

Twelve coastal rangers will assist tourists and carry out minor maintenance from Portland to Lulworth.

They will receive training in first aid, natural history and the technicalities of competition sailing.

John Hayes, of Dorset County Council, said the rangers would help "showcase the coastline to the world".

An extra 30,000 extra visitors to Weymouth and Portland are expected each day during the Olympic sailing events.

Mr Hayes: "The focus for visitor management for the sailing events is rightly upon urban Weymouth,

"But it is impossible to predict how many extra people will be walking the coast path and accessing the cliff tops and beaches along more rural sections of the coast."

The volunteers would have to commit to 100 hours of duty from May until September.

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