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.
Of the approximately 1,285 fingerposts thought to exist in the 1950s, just 717 survive today. Some of the 717 originals have been repaired using non-traditional materials or lettering, and others are in need of some care and attention.
Now the Local Authority no longer has a remit to repair them, we are keen to support local ‘Fingerpost Champions’ to save these fingerposts from extinction and restore them back to their former glory.
With your help and support we can keep these local treasures and retain some of our local distinctiveness.
Become a Dorset Fingerpost Champion
If you are interested in restoring a fingerpost in your local area, the Dorset National Landscape Fingerpost project can support you.
Champions can be small community groups, Parish Councils, individuals, a local business or maybe you’re a tradesman who can offer workshop space or skilled services.
We now have over 400 signs being restored by communities groups, and individuals.
How we can help
- See our Fingerpost Restoration Guide below and practical information which will help you through the process
- Be inspired by other Fingerpost Champions
- Get support from CPRE small grant fund, see below.