Burrator Volunteers Experience Eden



Since the Burrator Heritage Project started in July 2013 over 2,500 volunteer days have been contributed, which equates to a staggering value of £125,000!
To recognise this amazing achievement, and as an early celebration for Volunteers’ Week, South West Lakes Trust organised a day trip for Burrator volunteers to the Eden Project.

Last month, 11 volunteers joined Emily Cannon, Burrator Heritage Learning Officer, and Hannah Bosence, Heritage Engagement Officer, on a self-led tour around the impressive site. Both biomes were explored and the tree top canopy walkway in the Tropical Biome was very popular, leading to a hexagonal platform, designed to shake with movement.
Burrator volunteer Sophie said, “The Tropical Biome is not just a scenic experience, there are chances to learn more about the origins of the products we consume, including the food we eat and medicines we take. In addition to the birds there are also lots of insects in the biome.”
Heading over to ‘The Core’, the educational centre which is home to an impressive piece of artwork by Peter Randall-Page named ‘The Seed’, the group were provided with even more information about how important plants are to our way of life including information about natural dyeing processes.
Sophie started volunteering at Burrator in April and thinks it’s “really great how South West Lakes Trust find volunteering projects to use people’s skills and interests, there really is something for everyone!”

The day served not only as a thank you to the volunteers for all their hard work, but also gave the volunteers a chance to get to know each other too. Often volunteers’ hours and days overlap and they can go for weeks without seeing each other. This trip brought the team closer together and a few new friendships were formed! The day was rounded off in true Burrator style – with plenty of tea and cake!
For more information about volunteering at Burrator, or at any of South West Lakes Trust’s sites, please call 01566 771930 or email info@swlakestrust.org.uk.