Who are you? My name is Steve Westmore. I am an Arboricultural Consultant based in Chipping Norton. I joined Lockhart Garratt in 2013 and started on the Graduate Training Programme. I had previously worked in both forestry and arboricultural sectors doing contracting work and junior consultancy.
What do you do? I work for a range of clients to provide professional expertise on all aspects of arboricultural consultancy. One of my main roles is assisting clients with development projects, from individual properties up to schemes of over 5,000 properties. This process includes the initial baseline survey, right up to supervision of specific works once planning consent has been granted. I also help clients to manage the risk associated with trees. This is primarily for large estates, conducting roadside surveys, but also includes specific surveys for one-off events. I also provide technical advice in regards to statutory protection of trees and issues with subsidence.
What project have you found particularly interesting to be involved with? One of the most rewarding projects I have been involved in was the extension of a Listed Building in the heart of Oxford. From the beginning, the entire project team had great involvement and the Architect worked exceptionally hard to develop a scheme which took into account every constraint, but particularly the arboricultural features. Within the site were some very high quality specimens that needed protecting. After getting the local Tree Officer’s support the scheme was granted planning consent and the contractor went over-and-above on the tree protection measures. Everything was in place and the installation of a floating-deck foundation, using a mini piling rig in the rooting environments of key trees, was completed without any hic-ups. It was very satisfying to have all parties communicating from the offset and made the project run smoothly from start to finish. Having revisited the site recently, I was very happy to see the tree in good health and the client enjoying their new extension!
What has been your favourite Lockhart Garratt moment to date? I have formed many good memories so far at Lockhart Garratt, but one stands out from the rest. I had only been at the company a few months when we did a 34 mile walk, circumnavigating Corby. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to chat to members of the team that I had not had the chance to work with previously and was a great team bonding experience. We raised a lot of money for charity and all that set out to complete the walk made it to the finish line – Despite some serious blisters and in need of a good beer at the end.
What are your interests and hobbies? I have a very wide range of interests and hobbies, but one of my favourites is spending time with my wife (Becky) and our dog (Tangle) exploring the British countryside. When not out-and-about I like to try my hand at woodworking, reading books, baking or socialising with friends and family. I also like mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, canoeing and generally just being outdoors, regardless of the weather.