Meet the volunteers: Bob Smith

Volunteer Ranger, Glan Faenol

Bob Smith - Volunteer Ranger

Without them we wouldn't be able to look after all our special places, so this Volunteers' Week we decided to get to know them a little better. Meet Bob Smith...

Volunteers at Glan Faenol, North Wales

Role Title

Assistant Ranger Glan Faenol

What you do in your role:

Woodland management/green woodworking

How long have you been volunteering?

2 years

Why do you volunteer?

To enjoy the great outdoors and learn new skills. 

Take in the view across the Straits from Glan Faenol
Viewpoint across the Menai Strait at Glan Faenol
Take in the view across the Straits from Glan Faenol

Do you volunteer anywhere else?

I volunteer with the Snowdonia Society and the Anglesey Council AONB Team.   The work involves various practical conservation tasks

Coffee or tea?

Tea – always and lots of it!

Tell us something about your background (Work/play/hobbies)

Ex-military.  36 years traveling the world playing sport and taking part in expeditions.

If a film was made of your life – who would play you?

Mackenzie Crook!

Tell us something that nobody at the NT knows about you.

I lived in Cyprus in the 1990s and appeared as an extra in the TV series ‘Sunburn’.

When you were a child, what did you want to be and why?

A footballer but I wasn’t that good!

Which do you prefer: A good book or good film?


Who’s your hero?

Ranulph Fiennes