Volunteer clocks up milestone at Trust’s famous attraction

Carl Eddy
Carl Eddy

A dedicated volunteer has clocked in for his 100th working holiday at an iconic Northumberland visitor attraction.

Carl Eddy, from Tyne and Wear, has been helping the National Trust since 1986 and is a regular face at Cragside, in Rothbury.

In total, he has completed 141 working weeks with the Trust.

At Cragside, working holiday teams are essential to help manage the 1,000 acres of woodland, lakes, rock plateaus and gardens.

They work alongside the ranger, forestry and gardens teams to complete vital work, helping to restore and maintain the historic grounds.

In almost 30 years, Carl has clocked up more than 3,800 hours of volunteer work at Cragside, resulting in miles of path work and hundreds of acres of vegetation clearance.

Working holiday volunteers stay at the Cragside Bunkhouse, located in the heart of the estate.

Carl said: “I really enjoy coming back to Cragside each time. You get to meet really nice people and it’s great to see how the estate has changed and developed over the years. The work is fun, challenging and your efforts are appreciated.”

During his time at Cragside, he has worked with more than 1,400 other volunteers, attending countless bonfires and spending more than 100 weeks living in the Bunkhouse.

He is more than six foot tall, so, to honour his hard work, a carpenter was commissioned to build an extra-long bed for him at the Bunkhouse and a plaque dedicated to Carl has been attached to the bed.