DJ and presenter, Liam Mcgough was working as a tree surgeon when he auditioned for last year’s Big Brother. “The opportunity arose unexpectedly so I literally took my chainsaw pants off and went to the Audition,” he laughs. “It worked, I got in and came third as well as winning a £100,000.”
Up until my time in the Big Brother House I had worked full time as a tree surgeon, running a gang of 30 men. I loved it. I was never very academic at school and preferred being outdoors so when I was looking at various College Courses my friend’s sister’s boyfriend told me about Arboculture – he said it would suit me as it was climbing trees for a living. I’ve always been outdoorsy and I thought, well I’ve been doing that all my life so it would be amazing to get paid for it. The job was exciting and full of variety. I have never feared heights or worried about falling; we always used to say it wasn’t the fall you had to worry about but hitting the ground! I still do bits and bobs for friends and it’s good to know I always have a trade although I’m searching for excitement in other areas now.
I love being outdoors 100% and I think people were surprised when I coped so well with being in the House for 13 weeks. I found it easy to adapt; I’m not a prima donna and it was lovely to be without my mobile phone; it was almost like a respite though I went out into the garden often,” he grins.
“I don’t do much in my own garden. I look after the trees and cut the hedges but the rest is very low maintenance. I’d like to see more gardening programmes on TV, I haven’t really got the vision for landscaping.”
The popular DJ also has his own radio show and does a lot of Charity work. “Last year I climbed Kilimanjaro to with the Charity Mad Adventurer – www.madadventures.com, and in a fortnight I’m going out to Ghana to present a Beauty Pageant. It was through Mad Adventurer that I met Louise Burfitt-Dons who asked me to support World Kindness Day on the 13th November – kindnessdayuk.com.
I’ve been lucky to be on the receiving end of fabulous kindness all my life by people I hold dear to me. When I had all the media attention after Big Brother I felt bad because I wasn’t actually giving people anything. I was embarrassed to be at functions just because I was ‘famous’ so as I have always loved music I started DJ-ing, at least I can provide people with a good time now! I’m lucky, I loved the tree work, I loved Big Brother and I love my DJ and Charity work. I’m not content unless I’m doing new things and am always searching for that next exciting project.” www.liammcgough.com.