Wednesday, 9 March 2016
There was a very good turnout today for the National Trust Strangford Lough Volunteers.
About a dozen of us met at the Strangford Lough Lookout at the main car-park, Mount Stewart Estate, County Down.
Out task today was to give the exterior of the Lookout a spring-clean, viz. treating the wooden cladding with a stain paint.
We also removed some vegetation from the sea side of the Lookout in order to provide an unrestricted view of the Lough.
At lunch-time, Tomasz gave us Volunteer passes, which are far more beneficial than I thought.
Properties running events permit Volunteers to claim 10% discount; up to 35% off NT Holiday Cottages; up to 30% off at NT Historic House Hotels; discounted RAC membership; 20% off at the NT Online Shop; 15% off at Cotswold Outdoor stores; the NT London Theatre Club.
I have been a volunteer with the National Trust long before the Pass was introduced, though this is a worthy incentive for new volunteers to join us whenever they can, enjoy the camaraderie, and the great sense of satisfaction generated by the work.
I had cheese & onion sandwiches for lunch today, by the way.