Meet the volunteers: Andrew Dixon

Buggy Driver, Plas Newydd

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Andrew Dizon - Buggy Driver

Without them we wouldn't be able to look after all our special plces, so this Volunteers' Week we decided to get to know them a little better. Meet Andrew Dixon:

Plas Newydd, Anglesey, with the Menai Strait and Snowdonia seen from beneath a large sycamore tree

What you do in your role:

Carry visitors from reception to the house and back again – to make it easy for visitors with limited walking range to enjoy the property

How long have you been volunteering?

1 year

Why do you volunteer?

Helping to make our local community feel welcoming to visitors. Meeting many interesting people. I enjoy adding extra value to visitors experience by sharing local knowledge

Do you volunteer anywhere else? (if so, tell us about it)

At Treborth Botanic Garden mowing lawns, strimming and general gardening duties, together with database design and maintenance

Coffee or tea?

Always Tea

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

I am an environmental scientist by training and a senior manager in an environmental quango until retirement. I enjoy photography, botany , natural history and gardening.

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

Nicholas Lyndhurst

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

I spend free time mapping the local area, wherever I am, as a contributor to openstreetmap.org, and have walked almost every street in the towns and villages of south Anglesey getting them accurately mapped.

" I enjoy adding extra value to visitors experience by sharing local knowledge"
- Andrew Dixon, Buggy Driver

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

I wanted to work in ponds and rivers because they were so full on interesting life  – and that is exactly what I ended up doing.

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

Film

Who’s your hero?

David Attenborough