- What does your typical day involve?
I start early. I'm up at five and out by half past. Then I have at least an hour's drive before I get to work. I'm working long days - including the travel to work I'm doing about 12- to 13-hour days. I spend the day felling trees and pruning and planting as well. We do a lot of council contracts with street trees. Often it's when street trees are conflicting with people in urban areas - the trees are getting older and deteriorating, so we remove them. I'm also doing a lot of training. I have been training the younger arborists in chainsaw skills, felling and dismantling operations and climbing. It's great because everyone's been passing. I also do tree inspections and reports and risk assessments, so there's a lot of paperwork.
- What takes up most of your time?
I spend a considerable amount of the day travelling. We cover a big area - Lincolnshire and the surrounding counties.
- Do you get out of the office enough?
Yes, it's very hands on - about 90 per cent - with paperwork taking up the other 10 per cent.
- What is the best part of your job?
Climbing. I really enjoy working at heights. And I enjoy the training side. There's nothing better than passing on knowledge to people who want to learn.
- And the worst?
The travelling. Our company covers such a wide area and it takes a long time for me to get to work.
- What piece of kit can't you do without?
My Stihl MS200T chainsaw. Its top-handled for aerial tree work.
- How do you wind down after a day's work?
I don't relax much. If I'm not working I'm thinking about trees. But I do enjoy going out into the countryside where I go hiking, walking and camping.
- What does the future hold?
In the next few weeks I will be taking a holiday in Nepal and then I'm starting a Master's in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Hopefully that will increase my arboricultural knowledge. I hope to do some consultancy work in the future.