hello everyone,I am in need of some advice.As you may have read in my introduction i did a forestry NVQ when i left school 16 years ago while doing the work placement with the gamekeepers on the Manton House estate,Marlborough.At the time Lackham college did not do a specialised gamekeeping Nvq so any lads wanting to be keepers had to do the Forestry NVQ with its associated pest control units.After i had gained my NVQ the estate kept me on full time but after 4 years made me redundant.I was only earning £120 per week and my boss was worth over £90,000,000 ?????? to get this job ,i started writing letters to estates when i was 14 years old and just managed to find a placement in time for college when i was 16.After i was made redundant i just didnt have the heart to go through this again and by now i had rent and bills to pay so i started hod carrying and eventualy went to college to gain my Nvq as a bricklayer.My heart has never been in the building industry, i have only done it out of necessity and have always wanted to get back into a land based job,but have lost all my contacts over the years through death or moving jobs etc.It does not have to be a keepering job and i have been interested in forestry since college and was responsible for a lot of the forestry duties when i was a keeper.I know i would be on a lot less money then i have been while bricklaying but im fed up of chasing the pound note and this is not of concern to me.I would by my own admission be a bit rusty after 10 years out of the job but im fairly intelligent(only my own opinion)and could get back into the swing of things quite quickly.I dont expect to go straight into felling big oaks(i have units 30,31a,31b chainsaw so couldnt fell anything too big anyway)but would like to start doing the maintenance side of things eg weeding,beat up counts,coppice management,thinning,brashing,pruining,maintenance of deer/rabbit fencing,squirrel rabbit control and DEER management and so on(would like to further my training with DSC).I have applied to jobs and also sent similar emails to forestry companies all without the decency of a reply(with the exeption of Julian Burchby of the Newbury branch of Silvanus,a true gentleman)and am at my wits end.If anyone can help me with this i would be extremy gratefull.I am in North Wilts but would consider anything in the south west or Berkshire/Hampshire.
ps sorry for the long tedious message. many thanks . Kevin Laney