Our volunteer Michael Glinn has been helping us at Burrator Reservoir since 2014. Volunteer Michael Glinn

He recently told us why volunteering is important to him.

What keeps you coming back? 

The people, a love of the woods, the countryside and making things

Do you have a favorite place at Burrator? 

Most of it, but sitting on Sheepstor Dam looking out over the water to the woods and moors at different times of the year with my wife and a flask of coffee. Looking at the different colours of the trees and water, we have often said “must take a photo of each season”. Several years later no photos but lots of memories.

Tell us about your best memories of being at Burrator

Watching the Discovery Centre come to life. What we as a group of South West Lakes Trust staff and volunteers have achieved. There are a number of us retirees here and we all bring different skills from our varied past careers. It’s reusing those skills to benefit others.

There are many things I have enjoyed and I can’t remember ever having a bad day.

Some particular good days; fixing the tractor to good useful working order, building the log shed having possibly the best helper, an ex-theatre nurse, passing nails, watching a demonstration of cutting granite with Feather and Tare and using this same idea a few weeks later on a big DIY project where an angle grinder would not work – you are never too old to learn! Other memories and highlights include; passing on my skills to some of the “youngsters” that have come to Burrator and seeing and hearing the Forest School kids having fun in their “classroom”.

What makes Burrator unique to you? 

Definitely the people. It’s a big family!

Micheal was recently a key volunteer in our new entrance sign project. Read about his story here.