QI’m going to be working on a friend’s shoot in a part of the country I don’t usually go to. Is there anything I should be aware of regarding working away from my home shoot?
AJONNY CROCKETT replies: The main issue is biosecurity, which is so important these days. Before you arrive at your next location you should do the following: • Thoroughly clean your boots, especially the soles. When you get back, remove any mud in the bin and not under a running tap where any contamination could enter the watercourse. • Give your knife blades a wipe with antibacterial wipes, getting right into any grooves and over the handle. • Give saws (folding saws, bow saws and especially chainsaws) a thorough clean, preferably before you leave the location, and spray with a product which will kill any fungi or bacteria such as Propeller Arboricultural Disinfectant Spray. As research and science discover more tree and plant killers, we should all take this more seriously. • Wash all your clothing when you return home on as hot a wash as you can.