A typical day would start at the office typing up contracts for the contractors to implement. This would involve inspection of all parks areas and the work carried out to the specification. Drawing up the new Contracts, liaising with members of the public, including taking service calls were all things required to be carried out on any given day. I learned how to negotiate at Client/ Contractor meetings and with the other specialty areas such as Arboriculture, Landscape Architects, the Conservation Section and other departments within the council such as Housing, Schools and Highways.
The hardest part of the job was preparing detailed documents for a particular project, which then is not implemented due to cutbacks.
Being involved in some major landscape projects was the most enjoyable part of the job.
Not being stuck behind the desk all the time.
Council cutbacks affecting the quality of work