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  • Photo of Grounds Management Association announces #GroundsWeek 2022

    Grounds Management Association announces #GroundsWeek 2022

    The Grounds Management Association (GMA) has announced the return of #GroundsWeek in 2022, to be held once again in the first week of March (28th February – 6th March). This year, GMA launched the inaugural #GroundsWeek – a campaign celebrating grounds management professionals and volunteers, and galvanising a new generation of grounds enthusiasts to help avoid a major skills gap. The integrated digital and media campaign reached over 135 million people, secured support from 1,193 organisations and individuals, and generated over 3,000 mentions of #GroundsWeek on social media. Following the huge successes of the inaugural celebration week, GMA has confirmed that GroundsWeek will continue to celebrate and highlight the vital…

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  • Photo of idverde awarded prestigious Kensington and Chelsea ten-year contract

    idverde awarded prestigious Kensington and Chelsea ten-year contract

    Grounds maintenance and landscape creation specialists, idverde, have been awarded a ten-year Grounds Maintenance, Sports and Bereavement Services contract with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that will achieve carbon neutrality in year one. By placing sustainability and the environment at its core, the parks management and landscape maintenance contract will see the latest electric technology deployed. Electric vans, mowers and hedge cutters will be in use across all parks, cemeteries and open spaces. During the new contract, which is estimated to save at least 28 tonnes of carbon, idverde has committed to raising all borough parks and open…

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  • Photo of idverde UK announces appointment of new CEO

    idverde UK announces appointment of new CEO

    idverde announced today that Doug Graham will step down as CEO of the UK company. He will be succeeded by Chris Pullen. Chris is an experienced leader who has worked in senior roles across the support services sector.   Doug has led idverde through a strong growth phase. He joined the business in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and has been CEO since 2017.    Hervé Lancon, idverde President, said:   “In Spring 2020 Doug Graham took a personal decision to stand down from his position of CEO at idverde UK.   Doug led the business through a significant growth…

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  • Photo of Irrigation planning and maintenance brings all round benefits

    Irrigation planning and maintenance brings all round benefits

    Using an automated irrigation system is one of the best ways to keep new lawns and landscapes healthy whilst minimising water waste, keeping utility bills low and helping to protect the environment. In combination with up-front planning and professional advice, automated irrigation will help to ensure long-term satisfaction with any new residential or commercial landscape. At the landscape and irrigation planning stage, working with a local qualified designer or contractor with knowledge of soil types and climate conditions will help greatly in the selection of appropriate turf and plant species. Grouping plants with similar watering needs close together and separating…

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  • Photo of British Sugar TOPSOIL to support first ever GMA #GroundsWeek

    British Sugar TOPSOIL to support first ever GMA #GroundsWeek

    British Sugar TOPSOIL is proud to support the Grounds Management Association’s (GMA) #GroundsWeek. This is an inaugural celebration week for the turf care sector. Managed by the GMA, the turf care campaign will take place 1-7 March 2021.   It will celebrate the vital role that professional grounds staff, volunteers, and the turf sector has.   Following a difficult year for the sector, #GroundsWeek aims to showcase grounds staff and the amazing work that they do.   It also comes after a year where parks and green spaces have been valuable to the public’s health. With increased use for ‘daily…

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  • Photo of Mitie Landscapes launches UK’s first zero emission gritting service

    Mitie Landscapes launches UK’s first zero emission gritting service

    Mitie has launched the UK’s first zero emission gritting service for commercial use, using an electric gritter and sustainable white marine salt. The service uses the first zero emission gritter of its kind – a 100% electric vehicle (EV) with a battery-powered gritter attached. Both the EV itself and the vehicle-mounted gritter are charged each day at the Mitie Landscapes office in Nottingham, which is powered by REGO-backed renewable energy, meaning the service is truly zero emission. The new service is being trialled in Nottingham, with the gritter following a specially designed route in order to maximise the number of…

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  • Photo of Ground Control supports apprentices with learning difficulties

    Ground Control supports apprentices with learning difficulties

    On the eve of National Apprenticeship Week, Ground Control has announced its involvement in an industry-first scheme to help support apprentices with learning difficulties. Ground Control staff have already successfully supported, mentored and now employed the first graduate of the program, 20-year-old Wayne Gorman. Following close on his heels are two more pupils from The Westminster School – 19-year-old Jordan Brown has completed his supported internship and is transitioning to his grounds maintenance apprenticeship scheme while Kenny Hanney’s career has begun via the internship program. Under the scheme, Ground Control provides practical help and advice to participants throughout their apprenticeship…

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  • Photo of Tivoli white paper explores managing outdoor spaces during COVID-19 and beyond

    Tivoli white paper explores managing outdoor spaces during COVID-19 and beyond

    Tivoli Group Ltd has launched a new white paper, ‘Managing outdoor spaces: Lessons from Coronavirus’. It explores what is best practice for outdoor space management with changing COVID restrictions. One effect of coronavirus restrictions has been a steady increase in public use of parks and open spaces. So, as restrictions continue to change, what’s the best way to manage outdoor spaces to support communities and ensure value for money? To answer this question, Tivoli reflected on lessons since March 2020 and collated the experiences into a free white paper guide on managing outdoor spaces during COVID-19 and beyond. The guide…

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  • Photo of Tivoli to deliver scheduled winter maintenance services for Scottish Water

    Tivoli to deliver scheduled winter maintenance services for Scottish Water

    Tivoli will provide scheduled winter maintenance services at more than 30 key sites throughout Scotland for the 2020-2021 winter season, strengthening its partnership with Scottish Water. Tivoli has delivered planned grounds maintenance for Scottish Water since 1 February 2019, including grass-cutting, weed-spraying, hedge-cutting and other ground maintenance activities at over 3,000 sites throughout most of the Scottish mainland. The dedicated Tivoli teams will now deliver gritting, snow clearance, and supply gritting materials to main Scottish Water sites this winter. Tivoli subscribes to premium Met Office data services to ensure that sites are maintained in line with the most accurate and…

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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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