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  • Photo of Tivoli Group Ltd signs global business pledge to tackle COVID-19 crisis

    Tivoli Group Ltd signs global business pledge to tackle COVID-19 crisis

    Tivoli Group Ltd has joined hundreds of other businesses in a global initiative to help the most vulnerable citizens to pull through the coronavirus crisis. Former UK Cabinet minister, Rt Hon Justine Greening, launched the C-19 Business Pledge with entrepreneur David Harrison. It encourages employers to join the international coronavirus effort by pledging to help their employees, customers and communities get through the crisis. It is targeting not just the immediate challenges of coronavirus, but also the challenges of recovery. It comes after Justine received a huge response from businesses and universities getting in touch with her and willing to…

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  • Photo of John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) acquires Westlea Landscaping

    John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) acquires Westlea Landscaping

    On Wednesday 8th April 2020, John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd purchased 100% of the shares of Westlea Landscaping Limited. Westlea is a trusted regional grounds maintenance service provider with a thirty years of track record for delivering exceptional customer service from its base in the Swindon area. Like JOC, Westlea it has built its reputation on delivering quality while looking after the people it employs. We believe that culturally and commercially Westlea will find a good home with John O’Conner. The acquisition will help strengthen the companies offering in the Wiltshire and South West region and operationally it will be…

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  • Photo of Remembering John O’Conner

    Remembering John O’Conner

    John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd has announced its chairman, John O’Conner, passed away on 24 March 2020. The Hertfordshire-based company sent the following tribute to remember the life and legacy of John: John was admitted to the Lister Hospital on 12 March after being diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Due to underlying health issues he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit but died following a short battle with the illness. John was an immense character and much loved family man who will leave a long and lasting memory for all who met and knew him. Originally from a farming…

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  • Photo of Ground Control acquires JW Crowther & Son making it the UK’s largest private gritting operator

    Ground Control acquires JW Crowther & Son making it the UK’s largest private gritting operator

    Ground Control has cemented its position as the country’s biggest private gritting company and winter maintenance provider, with the acquisition of JW Crowther & Son, known as The Gritting Company.   Over the past 160 years, the company gained a reputation for outstanding customer service. Last year the company generated turnover of £7.3m, whilst the previous year “The Beast from the East” saw exceptional revenues of £12.9m as demand drove the need for The Gritting Company services.   The investment will immediately boost the company’s gritting operation by 25% and means it will now service over 8,000 different locations.  …

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  • Photo of Tivoli commences new grounds maintenance contract with Guinness Partnership

    Tivoli commences new grounds maintenance contract with Guinness Partnership

    Tivoli has started operations as the new grounds maintenance service provider for the Guinness Partnership, covering the South West region. Running from 1st November 2019 for up to 5 years, the estimated £1M contract sees Tivoli completing gardening and maintenance of green areas, litter removal, weed and plant removal, tree maintenance and bulk waste collection and disposal. Teams are now in-place and mobilised to look after approximately 87 sites, covering Bristol, Wiltshire, Bath and North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Mendip, Swindon and Sedgemoor Local Authority areas.   In line with the Guinness Partnership’s vision to “deliver great service, great homes, a…

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  • Photo of Woodland management taking place at Marlhill Copse

    Woodland management taking place at Marlhill Copse

    Southampton Airport has started woodland management work on its land at Marlhill Copse. It has stated that this is following advice from a chartered arborist. The airport purchased the copse in August 2018, in order to undertake tree management activities required under European legislation. However, airport management has received specialist advice that some of the trees are unsafe and present a risk to the public, and work to remove this risk begun immediately. Head of Aerodome, Dan Townsend, said: “The ancient woodland has not been managed for many years and as part of our new ownership we undertook a number…

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  • Photo of Exeter to trial alternative methods of controlling weeds

    Exeter to trial alternative methods of controlling weeds

    Alternative methods of controlling weeds in Exeter city are to be trialled following concerns about glyphosate.   A motion calling for a trial of alternative methods of weeds suppression and management has been backed by the City Council. The trials will be carried out over the next three years. The city council will assess the success or otherwise of the planned reduction strategy in glyphosate use with regular progress reports to the Scrutiny Committee.   The motion that received unanimous backing from the City Council said that there was “increasing evidence of the dangers to both human health and biodiversity…

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  • Photo of Cambridge council restricts herbicides as part of response to Biodiversity Emergency

    Cambridge council restricts herbicides as part of response to Biodiversity Emergency

    Cambridge City Council is restricting the use of herbicides in its parks and open spaces as part of its ongoing ambition to achieve a measurable net gain in biodiversity for Cambridge.   This ambition was outlined in a Biodiversity Emergency motion adopted by the council earlier this year. The motion recognises the immediate global biodiversity emergency and the local impact this could have on communities and businesses.   It outlines a series of pledges for the next two years and beyond including:   Making the council estate, including its parks and opens spaces, more hospitable to a wide range of…

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  • Photo of Hackney Council trials glyphosate-free area

    Hackney Council trials glyphosate-free area

    Hackney Council is trialling a glyphosate-free area to promote biodiversity, increase green infrastructure, and see if abandoning the use of the herbicide means it can continue high standards of street maintenance.   The trial, which encompasses streets, estates and green spaces in the Daubeney area of Homerton, began earlier in the summer. It is hoped that the trial will demonstrate the effect of allowing these areas to grow naturally, so that decisions can be made about the future use of herbicides and other methods of removing weeds.   The trial comes in addition to a number of measures the Council is…

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  • Photo of VIDEO: How Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery

    VIDEO: How Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery

    Find out how Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery to maintain the large areas of ground. Find out more about the Kubota groundcare range here  

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  • Photo of County Durham woodlands awarded funding to help restore them

    County Durham woodlands awarded funding to help restore them

    The Durham Woodland Revival project has been awarded £434,200 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore and reconnect woodland in the county.   The funding will enable it to work with partners Woodland Trust, Northwoods, Wear Rivers Trust and the Forestry Commission to bring neglected and under-managed woodland back into good condition and to boost woodland cover over a four-year period, starting this summer.   Focusing on 5,000 hectares of woodland within a 10-mile radius from Durham City, the project looks at different ways of managing a range of different woodlands. From the diverse ecosystems of ancient woodland to…

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  • Photo of Historic England awards £100k grant to complete restoration of Plumpton Rocks

    Historic England awards £100k grant to complete restoration of Plumpton Rocks

    Historic England has awarded a grant of more than £100,000 towards the restoration of Plumpton Rocks. Described as “heaven on earth” by Queen Mary, the wife of King George V.   Situated near Knaresborough, Plumpton Rocks is a Grade II-listed 18th century man-made lake, set against a backdrop of dramatic rock formations and surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful parkland.   From the late 18th century to the late 20th century, Plumpton Rocks was a celebrated pleasure ground enjoyed by everyone from the paying public to royalty. But it fell into decline towards the end of the last century and…

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  • Photo of Government sets out vision for a safe and biodiverse railway lineside

    Government sets out vision for a safe and biodiverse railway lineside

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out a clear strategy for how it expects Network Rail to protect and enhance the UK’s lineside environment, while ensuring the safety of passengers and services.   The strategy follows recommendations from the independently chaired review led by John Varley, a non-executive director of the Environment Agency. First commissioned by the department in May 2018 to look at Network Rail’s lineside vegetation management, Valuing nature – a railway for people and wildlife, has outlined a number of proposals to protect and increase biodiversity.   The new policy has been drawn up in collaboration…

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  • Photo of idverde and its partners are proud to fly 122 Green Flags

    idverde and its partners are proud to fly 122 Green Flags

    idverde, is delighted that 112 of the parks and green spaces it maintains on behalf of its clients have been awarded the Green Flag for 2019, recognising them as some of the best in the UK.   idverde looks forward to the annual Green Flag preparations as an opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships with clients and local green space users. This year, it was particularly pleased that seven of the sites it looks after have been awarded a Green Flag for the first time ever.   Andrew Kauffman, Head of idverde’s Greenspace Development Team, said: “The achievement of a…

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  • Photo of Mitie gets green light on integrated FM contract with Toyota

    Mitie gets green light on integrated FM contract with Toyota

    Mitie has secured a new five-year integrated facilities management contract with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. The contract will amalgamate many different outside contracts under one management structure and will include the provision of infrastructure maintenance, cleaning and grounds maintenance services to the manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. This is the first time Toyota has taken this approach to facilities management at any of its plants within Europe. The contract showcases Mitie’s specialist skills across a range of facilities management services. Mitie will be responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure of site buildings including air handling, electrical and mechanical maintenance…

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  • Photo of Apprentices step up to full-time positions at CGM Group

    Apprentices step up to full-time positions at CGM Group

    Two apprentices have accepted full-time positions with a commercial landscaping company. Josh Clark and Liam Jarred both completed their apprenticeships with CGM Group, based in Downham Market, Norfolk, and have now been employed by the company. Josh Clark learned a variety of skills throughout this apprenticeship which he says will be beneficial in the long term. His previous roles includes being a security guard, but he says he enjoys grounds maintenance far more, and he is now working as part of CGM Group’s grounds maintenance team that looks after schools. Liam Jarred studied computer science, but says he found it…

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  • Photo of Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

    Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

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  • Photo of Tivoli wins planned grounds maintenance contract for Scottish Water

    Tivoli wins planned grounds maintenance contract for Scottish Water

    Tivoli has commenced operations as the new grounds maintenance service provider for Scottish Water. It will be looking after over 3,000 sites throughout Scotland.   The contract will run from 1st February 2019 until 31st January 2021 with a possible 5-year extension. It sees Tivoli completing scheduled grass-cutting, weed-spraying, hedge-cutting and other ground maintenance activities at Scottish Water sites throughout most of the Scottish mainland. Teams have been in-place and mobilised since 8 April, following a full suite of site audits.   Six tenders were submitted in total, with Tivoli coming out as the highest scoring bidder. This was after…

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  • Photo of Countrywide Grounds Maintenance wins contract with Welsh Council

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance wins contract with Welsh Council

    Countrywide Grounds, the UK’s leading professional grounds maintenance contractor, has recently won a new flexible grass cutting contract up to four years with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to help reduce its costs.   This agreement also allows the number of cuts to be reduced in future years so can be tailored to reflect ongoing budget challenges. Grass cutting of verges and small areas of open land will take place nine times this year. Meaning the Council will save £100,000 on last year’s costs, when grass was cut using agency staff.   The new contract, which started 6 weeks ago,…

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  • Photo of Allerdale borough council appoints Tivoli as its integrated street scene contractor

    Allerdale borough council appoints Tivoli as its integrated street scene contractor

    Tivoli is set to continue its 15-year collaboration with Allerdale Borough Council. This is with the award of the Council’s Integrated Street Scene contract, which will see grounds maintenance and street cleansing services merge for the first time. The contract commenced on 1st April 2019 and will run for an initial eight-year period with an option to extend for a further eight years.   Tivoli has been maintaining many the Borough’s public parks, open spaces, play areas, leisure and sports facilities, cemeteries and sheltered dwellings since 2003. From April 2019, Tivoli will also deliver litter picking, fly-tipping, chewing gum removal…

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  • Photo of FutureScape 2018 | Seminar roundup

    FutureScape 2018 | Seminar roundup

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  • Photo of Lottery funding for parks

    Lottery funding for parks

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  • Photo of Report highlights change needed in SuDS delivery

    Report highlights change needed in SuDS delivery

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  • Photo of Woodland Trust Appeals to Buy Mountain

    Woodland Trust Appeals to Buy Mountain

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  • Photo of idverde begins a year-long celebration of landscaping

    idverde begins a year-long celebration of landscaping

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