My name is Tom Eagle. I’m a Mech Eng grad, property maintenance business owner, lover of the outdoors and part time triathlete/climber/sailor…
For some time I have been looking for a new direction with my career, and to make more of my academic abilities. I have a strong desire to contribute to protecting and conserving our beautiful natural environment.
I began to look for ways in which I could contribute to the environment while using my technical engineering skills (and also to be able to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors). One of the organisation that I contacted was the National Trust who suggested I signed up to their email service as there was currently nothing suitable available. In the meantime I had signed up to twitter and began to realise it is a great resource for job hunting. After following a few of the national trust accounts on twitter I came across the http://ntenvironmentalwork.net/ blog, detailing the solar PV installations that were in progress at the time at Penrhyn and Plas Newydd. I was really impressed that an organisation like the National Trust was undertaking such projects. I started to follow the blog and discovered that the team have some very ambitioius goals and were also developing hydro and other renewable technologies.
I felt compelled to get in touch and emailed Keith Jones, EPA (environmental practice advisor) for Wales to see how I could get involved. I signed up as a volunteer in spring 2012 and have been given some very interesting and exciting projects to undertake, which I will talk about as they happen in this blog.