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Rik Metcalfe

Who are you?  My name is Rik Metcalfe and I have recently joined Lockhart Garratt as a Forestry Consultant.  I have been working in the forestry sector ever since starting at Newton Rigg 15 years ago.  I have recently left the Forestry Commission after nearly 11 years where I worked in operational, supervisory and managerial roles.  Over the years, I have worked in both the public and private sector as a Chainsaw Operator, Machine Operator, Forest Works Supervisor, Planning and Operational Forester.


What do you do?  I am currently half way through my second week with Lockhart Garratt, so I am still finding out much about this myself!  I am part of the Forestry team here and the work is really diverse and exciting.  I am currently assisting with ongoing projects, helping to organise works required throughout the planting season, talking to clients and contractors to introduce myself, helping with site surveys and trying to get to know everyone!  I will be involved with advising clients in all aspects of woodland management, grant applications and assisting with the marketing of timber as well as operational management.


What project have you found particularly interesting to be involved with?  So far, I have already been out on site surveying woodlands, meeting clients and getting involved with projects in the National Forest.  I think one of the most appealing things about my new role is meeting different land and woodland owners, discussing their needs and requirements as well as listening to their vision for their woodlands.  It is great to have the opportunity to work with our clients who need advice, whatever level this may be at.  I love seeing different parts of the landscape and how it is managed, and I am particularly interested in the management of estates and their woodlands.


Puff ball mushrooms

Favourite Lockhart Garratt moment to date?  Last week, we were surveying a woodland in Lincolnshire and right at the end of the day, found myself in an amazing block of mixed woodland which contained some of the best oak I have seen for a long while!  It was really exciting to think of reporting back to the owner and discussing the future management of this amazing resource!  Yesterday, I was in Warwickshire and came across the remnants of two giant puff ball mushrooms! They were totally rotten and almost unrecognisable, but I have always wanted to find some, so was rather pleased nonetheless!


Interests and Hobbies?  As well as timber and mushrooms (!), I love being outside as often as I can.  I am a keen country sportsman and love shooting.  I travel all over the country to spend time with friends on their shoots and help with pest control on local farms.  I’m really keen to learn more about the deer management side of forestry and take every opportunity to further my knowledge in this field.  I like nothing more than spending time with my family and trying to manage our newly acquired garden – lots of trees to look after, which is nice!  I am a total petrol-head and we have a Series III Land Rover called Gerald which is in dire need of a new chassis, so that gives me ample excuse to spend as much time in my shed as possible!  My young family are quite keen to do the same though, which means it isn’t ever as productive as I imagine it being, but usually much more fun!




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