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Andy Jones, 30 After 12 years as a forestry harvesting contractor, he set up Ruthin-basedForestry Direct four weeks ago, working alongside Gareth Roberts of Cerrigydrudion. He was brought up on his parents' farm at Bontuchel, sold off eight years ago when his father,John, retired.

Forestry Direct provides harvesting, marketing and forestry management services for woodland clients. Forestry Direct: 01824 702553/07966 029897.

Describe yourself in five words. Genuine,honest,friendly,happy, trustworthy. Best advice you've received? Where's there's a will, there's a way.It's particularly apt for forestry,although cost effectiveness does come into it. I was taught the trade by Glyn Lloyd, a friend of my father's.He's a perfectionist and he never let me get away with anything.

Essential qualities for the job? Clients always expect reliability, and you have to have good communication skills because it's not just about chopping down trees. Of course the job is physically demanding, so you have to be in good condition.

What do you love most about the job?Doing a quality job.There's nothing better than finishing a project and walking through well-managed woodlands.I'll sometimes see woodlands done by other people and think ``what a mess''.

And the worst aspect?Machinery breaking down.It's one of the hazards of the job as the terrain is so demanding.There's nothing more annoying than gallons of oil leaking across the forest floor. But equipment is getting so much better.

What vehicle do you drive? For work, a Ponsse HS16 timber harvester. Otherwise,a Ford Escort XR3i. Number one villain? Big tree harvesting firms. I won't name any but some take large cuts and leave their clients with poor returns. And Liverpool FC fans -I follow Man Utd.

All-timehero? Despite what I've just said, whenI was very young,it was Kenny Dalglish. But then I fell for Man Utd and since then it has been Bryan Robson. Non-workinterests? I'm building my own rally car, a Mark II Escort, Group 4 spec, powered by a two-litre16V Vauxhall engine. I hope to finish it by the end of the summer.I've got my licence from the Forest Experience Rally School at Carno,Machynlleth, and plan to do some single venue Tarmac events. If I'm good enough,I've been told by a large forestry machinery firm they will sponsor me.

Who makes you laugh? My daughter,Catrin, who's four.I'm a divorced single father and my parents help me out a lot.She's very bright and comes with me to rally events to watch the racing -her favourite car is the Scooby Do -Subaru.She's learning Welsh but her pronounciations are still a little wayward, which can be hilarious.

Biggest luxury? My rally car. It'll cost me pounds 16-pounds 18,000 tobuild. I never do anything by halves. But even if I'm forced to sell it, I'll get my money back. Ideal partner?Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy theVampire Slayer).She's a bit of a babe. One thing you'd like to do before you die? Ever since I was at school I've wanted to drive in the Network Q Rally. But the race has lost something since it was moved to South Wales. Now I'd love to drive in the British Rally Championships.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2003
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