Mike Duck - has always been interested in horticulture. On leaving school he was an apprentice gardener on Sir Ian Lyle's estate at Barrington Court, Somerset, now a National Trust property.
From his first day at work Mike was working with antique
machines because the estate, like so many others, never
threw anything away. Mike became attached to these old relics and they started to follow him home.
Soon his garage was filled and his car had to stay outside!
Over the years Mike has gained an amazing amount of
knowledge about the construction and development of these machines. His restorations are considered by many to be works of art.
His first love, however, is the Trust but on his days off
he can be found following his other cherished pastime of steam trains.
Mike's motto is "to put the GREAT back into Britain".