Ken DaveyWater bailiff Ken Davey has retired after 50 years with the Ernest Cook Trust. Ken joined the Trust in 1966 as a 16-year-old straight from school, and over the decades he covered just about every outdoor maintenance role on the Fairford Estate in Gloucestershire.

After 36 years as a forester, he took on the job of water bailiff, responsible for tending the River Coln and its tributaries and for maintaining the estate’s footpaths.

“I wouldn’t have had a job inside for all the tea in China,” he said. “I’m an outdoor person and always have been. I’ve got so many things I want to do in retirement. I’m not going to be a couch potato and sit on my backside the whole time.”

Ken, aged 66, and his wife Lyn will stay on at their house on the Fairford Estate, and he intends to devote his time to his passions for gardening, cricket and railway photography. The couple have three daughters and four grandchildren.

Chief Executive Victoria Edwards said: “It is staggering to think that Ken has put in 50 years with the Trust. He will be very much missed by all at the ECT in Fairford, including all the anglers who have benefited from his river-keeping. We wish him great health and happiness in his well-deserved retirement.”