Geoff Garrod

Headkeeper, Audley End Estate

Geoff has been a gamekeeper for many years. When he is not spending quality time with his granddaughter, Geoff is pigeon or clay shooting.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and what got you into gamekeeping?

A: My love of shooting and the outdoors influenced my decision to go into gamekeeping.

My dad was a keeper. He and another keeper called Martin Taylor who worked on the great Six Mile Bottom Estate inspired me to pursue my career.

Q: What is your most memorable moment as a gamekeeper?

A: I have been a keeper for over 40 years. The most memorable moment was this year when my son joined our estate as a beatkeeper. I was so proud!

My greatest achievement as a gamekeeper is taking Audley End Estate from a poorly-ran shoot which left the boss facing the prospect of closing the shoot down, to a success.

Q: What’s the best thing about being a gamekeeper?

A: The challenges, whether this be from within the job and getting things right or challenges that come from outside.  

Q: Do you think there is a future for gamekeepers and what advice would you give to someone thinking of a career?

A: Yes, but it will change and continue to change.

If you want to work to protect wildlife in our country, become a gamekeeper.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I work with NGO pigeon and clay shooting. I also spend time with our granddaughter.

Q: What is your most essential bit of kit?

A: My quadbike!