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Snow wardens

Watch our short video clip to learn about our Snow Warden Scheme.

John Hambrook was a snow warden for 2 years. He decided to join up after retiring and helped to clear snow and ice from the pavements and footpaths around Whaley Bridge.

Take a look at this clip to find out more about how volunteers help us deal with winter weather in their local community.

We have been recruiting town / parish councils, along with schools and community groups to help with keeping paths and pavements clear of snow and ice this winter.

We've provided town / parish councils and community groups with:

  • between half to 1 tonne of salt free of charge
  • free online training course regarding the safe operation for the clearance of snow and ice from footways
  • regular updates of when routes within their area have been gritted

In return the town or parish council or community group will be asked to:

  • provide details of those footways within their parish that will be treated using the free salt
  • encourage residents to help themselves by clearing areas of the footway adjacent to their property
  • identify a 'snow warden' - a snow warden will co-ordinate activities locally and provide us information about local conditions
  • identify an individual who has authority to order the refilling of grit bins on behalf of the town or parish council - this may or may not be the snow warden

Alongside our snow warden scheme, we also offer a school salting scheme where we offer schools half to 1 tonne of salt to use on the pavements around their school, to help provide a safer journey to school for the entire school community.

In return for your help, we will provide you with

  • between half to 1 tonne of grit, free-of-charge, and delivered directly to your designated storage area, in 10kg and 25kg bags
  • a free online training course and advice for your snow wardens/volunteers on how to clear snow and ice safely
  • early notification of forecast bad weather
  • a dedicated resource page for snow wardens on our website to enable you to report your snow clearing activities and report any grit bins that are empty or require additional filling of grit

For further information about either of these schemes you can email

You can also watch our snow warden training for the latest guidance and support on the role.


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