Meet the volunteers: Andrew Dixon
Buggy Driver, Plas Newydd
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:
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?
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?
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?
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"
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?
Who’s your hero?