Published onJanuary 16 2020
With BTME now just around the corner, we wanted to catch up with one of the turfcare industry’s ‘newest’ ambassadors, someone who has made a name for himself through hard work and doing what he loves.
After posting a tweet that went viral, Jimmy the Mower found himself in the limelight and here is what he had to say when we asked him a few questions about himself, his career and what makes him tick!
What’s the best thing about your job?
I get to be outside, whatever the weather, and do a job that I actually love. It is a great feeling to be making a positive difference to the lives of so many people.
What inspired you to get into the industry?
This is a tricky one, I was working as a caretaker for a parish council and part of my duties was cutting two football pitches. I really enjoyed that aspect of the job and although I only used a small old ride on rotary mower. I found out that by cutting slightly differently I could actually make a huge difference to the playing surface and I really got the bug for cutting grass.
Unfortunately, the next season I was made redundant, I asked what would happen to the pitches I looked after, and I was informed that they would go out to private tender along with the rest of the grounds.
I borrowed some money, bought an old Ransomes mower and with the help of my dad we fully restored the machine and luckily, I won my first grass cutting contract.
I’ve never really looked back as they say. Contracting is hard work but can be very rewarding.
What’s the highlight of your career so far?
So, so many to choose from but the short and simple answer – recognition within the industry.
However, the trip to Wembley was fantastic, being asked to do a talk at Saltex was a massive confidence boost being on TV and of course, sponsorship by Ransomes.
The new mower has revolutionised my working life and has enabled me to get better results in a shorter amount of time and therefore providing happiness for all the people that use the outside spaces I mow.
What tips have you got for anyone considering going into the industry?
Don’t do it the hard way like me. Look at what you want to do and where you want to go. Education and qualifications are the most important things and they are your ticket to a great career.
How much do you value the importance of training especially in the industry that you work in?
Training is vitally important in any industry but especially our industry. We are working with so many different types of machinery and chemicals on a daily basis. It is really important to understand exactly how everything works and what the health and safety implications are.
I have always enjoyed training and find it very informative, technology within the industry is changing all the time and it is great to see new courses and qualifications being introduced to keep up with this
A big thanks to Jimmy and Ditton Services for chatting to us. You can catch Jimmy the Mower at BTME 2020, make sure you're there!