John – 80

“At 15 the first tools I was given were a 5lb felling axe, a 3ft bow-saw and a bill hook, could you imagine that these days? I’ve always liked the outdoors and I encourage others to volunteer here, you get fresh air in your lungs and enjoy good company. What could be better?”

I worked for the forest commission since I left school, what I did in those days would never be allowed these days! At 15 the first tools I was given were a 5 pound felling axe a 3 foot bow saw and a bill hook, could you imagine that these days!?

I’ve been volunteering since the second year it came to existence. I’ve always liked the outdoors and walking. I would encourage other people to volunteer because some people become couch potatoes, so to get the fresh air in your lungs is good and you make good company. I’ve lived in Brighton all my life. I know it’s a different day and age now with computers these days so I would say get out and do more healthy activities.