Qualified up to class 1 – passed Oct ‘13, class 2 passed Feb ‘09, driving experience includes HIAB lorry and drag for builders merchant, general haulage and timber grab lorry, towing chippers and trailers for tree surgery contractors, transporting plant machinery.
Tree pruning and dismantling. Acting as crew leader on a variety of jobs – taking on site responsibility for health and safety of staff and public, drawing up site specific risk assessments, briefing personnel onoutcome of risk assessment and ensuring control measures and method statements were adhered to.
This work included various high-speed highways jobs and large site clearances. Experienced but not ticketed with skid steers, telehandlers, MEWP, tracked machinery, stump grinders, 360 excavator and mulcher, remote controlled tracked flail mower.
I taught practical forestry and arboriculture skills in a land based college for three years. This involved planning, preparing, organising and delivering practical training sessions to students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, on courses of varying durations – from ½ day to 2 year programmes. I worked on schemes of work, lesson plans, risk assessments, equipment maintenance, preparation and repair; motivating, managing and teaching students in various skills requiring differentiation of teaching methods and lesson outcomes to cater for varying abilities and requirements.
I also have reasonable computer skills and am familiar with the importance of completing paperwork as required, and maintaining records.
Felling, coppicing, pruning, planting, timber extraction – including tractor and forwarder trailer, skidder winches, 4x4 driving, plus some horse logging. Also various green woodworking skills used to add value to timber including cleaving, turning, shaving, steaming, jointing, as well as charcoal production, milling timber and producing various woodland products out of harvested materials.
Including most areas of sheep work plus mixed animal husbandry; tractor driving and machine operation, poly tunnel use and fruit and vegetable production.
Tree, hedge and grass maintenance – including ride on and pedestrian machines, flails, rotaries and cylinder mowers, plus strimmers and brush cutters, fencing including gates, carpentry and timber frame building. I have worked on a number of roundwood timber framed building jobs, including barns, a house, bridge and outbuildings. This has given me a good knowledge of joints used in timber framing, plus experience of moving very large, heavy and awkward timbers in a safe and controlled way.
I am self-motivated and very hard working, and learn new skills and new approaches to jobs quickly. I am always keen to acquire new skills and knowledge, and I always view new ways of doing jobs as being beneficial to understand – personal professional development is an important
consideration to me. I am happy working either as part of a team or under my own initiative. I take pride in the work that I do, and always aim to achieve a high standard.
From working self-employed, I am used to taking personal responsibility for my work, with health and safety regulations and industry standards to work to. I am honest, reliable and punctual, and always offer loyalty and commitment to whatever task or situation I am involved in.
Outside work I am a committed family man and value time with my wife, children and dogs. I like to keep fit with running, cycling, swimming and callisthenics. I enjoy gardening and am a keen amateur musician, playing guitar.
Class 1 HGV licence
Lorry mounted crane (HIAB)
Counterbalance fork lift licence
ND Forestry & Arboriculture
NC Countryside management
NPTC Units CS 30, 31,32, 36, 38, 39 & 40, UA1, 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3
CSCS Health and Safety
Emergency 1st aid at work
IPAF MEWP qualification
Completed Apprenticeship as Woodsman/ Woodland Craftsman
RHS Qualifications (or Equivalent)
Jun ‘18 - present. Hi-Line Utility Arborist
Apr '18 – Jun ‘18 Stocks HGV driver
May '17 – Apr '18 Jewson HGV driver
Mar '16 – May '17 Various Temporary/ Agency Employment
Oct ’13 – Mar '16 Salcey Group Crew Leader/ HGV driver/ Ground worker
May ’12 – Sep ’13 Jewson HGV driver
Jul ’10 – Apr ’12 Self Employed Forestry Worker/ Arborist
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