Who are you? My name is Huw Lloyd. I have recently joined Lockhart Garratt as an Assistant Forestry Consultant based in our Chipping Norton office. For the past 6 years I worked for BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation) formally as their Game and Gamekeeping Officer and latterly as the South-East Regional Officer.
I am currently studying part time for an MSc in Forestry Management at Harper Adams University having graduated from Harper Adams for my undergrad degree in 2011. I also help run a shoot near Chipping Norton.
What do you do? I provide advice to clients on a range of forestry related matters such as creating woodland management plans, woodland creation, thinning and felling operations, management for sporting interests, deer & squirrel control and grant applications.
What project have you found particularly interesting to be involved with? The main project that I am currently involved in is to produce a woodland management plan for the National Trust owned Ashridge Estate. The estate woodland extends to approximately 900ha which includes some classic Chiltern ASNW, hundreds of veteran trees and has considerable amenity value. We are currently at the stage of surveying the woodlands to inform the management plan.
What has been your favourite Lockhart Garratt moment to date? I have only been with Lockhart for a few weeks but the first visit out to a client near Henley on Thames to oversee a thinning operation and discuss the future management operations for the estate woodland provided a great insight into the variety and nature of the job. However, the best individual moment so far was during a meeting with a public sector employee (who will remain nameless but shall be called Mr. X) to discuss a woodland creation project.
In the field where the woodland is due to be planted there were two White Park cattle (an adult and a calf). We walked through the field and as we left the field I remarked that it was a little odd that the calf’s mother was not with it. To which Mr. X replied “his mother was there you could see her udders…” needless to say it wasn’t his mother and they weren’t udders!
What are your interests and hobbies? My main interests are shooting, gundogs, hunting, rugby and cricket. Throughout the shooting season I am out every weekend either running shoot days or picking up on local estates. I work two Cocker Spaniels and a Labrador, all of which I have trained myself. In my opinion a difficult retrieve from one of your own dogs (that you have trained from an 8 week old pup) is the most rewarding aspect of a shoot day.
Growing up I played a lot of rugby and cricket but due to there not being enough days in the week I no longer play. However, I am a keen supporter of Llanelli Scarlets & (obviously) Wales, to the extent that my better half believes I “have a problem”.