How long have you worked at Blenheim?
I started work at Blenheim in 1986. I did a 2 year apprenticeship, which was called a YTS back then. 35 years later I'm still here and now the Head Forester.
Tell us a bit about your role:
I look after and manage all work regarding trees and woodlands, such as planting, maintenance, felling and selling and using the timber. I also make sure that tree safety works are undertaken and sometimes climb myself. We have Christmas trees that need looking after (planting, pruning and weeding). I get involved in the large outdoor events, such as the Game Fair, Countryfile and the Horse Trials. We are responsible for the safety of everyone who visits and also make sure Blenheim looks at it best.
What is your career highlight/most memorable moment so far?
Working at Blenheim for so long, there has been a few landmark moments, from the large woodlands that are being created, being awarded my medal for 30 years in the industry at Countryfile, cutting timber for two Olympics. Working at such an iconic estate, I am also pushed in front of the camera, so I have found myself on a few tv programs (not crimewatch).
What is your favourite thing about coming to work each day?
I never get time to get bored in the job as much of the work revolves around seasons and events. No two days are ever the same.