Me & my job - Paul Craven, grounds manager, Winkfield Parish Council

- What is your typical day?

As head of grounds maintenance and facilities, I start at 7.30am and see the two staff I supervise to give them their jobs for the day.

I am responsible for 11 sites. There's lots of mowing as we look after cricket squares and football pitches, and the grounds around Tarmac tennis courts. We plant and prune trees and shrubs and do some bedding out. I have set up a gardening club in a school where I go once a week. I think that it's important to get children interested in horticulture.

- What takes up most of your time?

I spend a lot of my time preparing risk and COSHH assessments. I have to put together estimates as well.

- Do you get out of the office enough?

Yes, I go out and check on the guys and meet contractors. I would say I am in the office about 70 per cent of the time and outside the rest of the time.

- What is the best part of your job?

The opportunity to produce top-quality sports fields. It's fantastic when they're used and people appreciate what you've done.

- And the worst?

All the health and safety documents I have to prepare.

- What piece of kit can't you do without?

My computer and my shaver mower for doing cricket wickets when I am outside.

- How do you wind down after a day's work?

I like to watch sport - especially cricket and football. I also like reading autobiographies.

- What does the future hold?

I'm doing a wreath-making workshop for adults at Christmas and I'm also setting up a veteran trees group in Winkfield Parish. There are lots in this area because they used to be part of Windsor Great Park. I'm setting up a volunteer group to work on the Winkfield grounds. And I start a management course next week because I would like to progress a bit further in my career.


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