Five Minutes with…Dan Kemp

Five Minutes with…

Dan Kemp – Arboricultural Consultant


1) What is your work background and when did you join JCA Limited?
Arboricultural and horticultural, particularly plant based projects and mycology and their plant associations.

Jon Cocking, the Managing Director of JCA Ltd offered me a job having been working in the South East of England for 20+ years.

2) What do you enjoy most about working at JCA Ltd?
The variety of work involved and gaining experience from a wide range of experienced colleagues.

3) What is your favourite type of survey to carry out and why?
Safety Surveys – I feel it provides the most diverse aspect, needs to always be applied when carrying out any type of tree survey and becomes especially interesting when there are unusual plant species and their associated defects.

4) Describe yourself in three words?
“Tall, dark (not so now) and handsome”.

5) Which hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Cycling, walking, badminton, skiing, cooking, travelling – seeing different cultures, swimming, there are probably others, especially when COVID-19 is finally a distant memory.

6) What are your dislikes?
Tiredness, bad weather, food not cooked to my liking (but I eat most things), feeling ill, there are probably other dislikes…

 7) Which TV show are you currently binge-watching?
None really but I do enjoy watching most action/adventure movies especially if they have a decent story line. Although, I enjoy whiling away time, snuggling up and watching any ‘good’, watchable movie, especially a scary horror, for example a good, but has to be fairly realistic, werewolf movie.

 8) What would you say is your spirit animal and why?
Made me think a bit this one, of an animal I could relate to somehow, although I’m not sure whether there is any spiritual connection! Apis mellifera (Western Honey Bee) because it has a ‘sting in the tail‘…no perhaps more realistically because it likes plants, provides honey which I love (I have a bit of a sweet tooth- if you know how I love Haribos) and because it is an important (essential!) part of the environment.

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