Bristol City Council, 2010 - 2015 - £1.1 million p.a

The Landscape Group has been working in Partnership with Bristol City Council since February 2010 when we were awarded a 5 year contract for the maintenance of Parks and Green Spaces in Central Bristol, with the potential to extend for a further 5 years.

At the commencement of the contract the Landscape Group carried out the transfer of staff under TUPE and then undertook a process of integration and cultural change.  This was necessary to train staff to the new specification and new contract, and to improve productivity and working methods.

The Landscape Group employed two apprentices and have committed to continue to do this throughout the duration of the contract.  The Landscape Group and Bristol City Council are taking a joined-up approach to the apprenticeship scheme, agreeing to share our facilities, resources and knowledge so that the apprentices gain a fuller overall development throughout their placement. This will include working in areas outside of the normal contract; for example, our apprentices will work for a period of time at the Bristol City Council nurseries, and some of the Council’s apprentices will get to shadow the Landscape Group’s Park Keepers.

In addition to the apprenticeship scheme, The Landscape Group has looked to source alternative sources of skilled labour including a scheme with a horticultural college in France where the pupils work for us as work experience for four weeks during June. 

We have also worked in partnership with Groundwork via social enterprise schemes that have helped people who have previously struggled to gain work experience an opportunity to return to work.

The Landscape Group put in place a new management team focused on delivering the new service and their pay and benefits were aligned to both the financial and operational performance of the contract.  In addition, we invested a significant sum in new plant and equipment.  This was evaluated by the company engineer, Angus Lindsay, and tailored to suit the needs of the contract and the landscape.
 The services being delivered across the City are wide ranging and include:

  • Grass Cutting
  • Shrub Maintenance
  • Hedge Maintenance
  • Sports pitch Management
  • Litter and Leaf collection
  • Mechanical sweeping of Hard surfaces
  • Litter and dog bin Maintenance
  • The Provision of Park Keepers

The contract requires the provision of Park Keepers to designated sites.   In addition to carrying out scheduled works within their parks, our Park Keepers have a public-facing role to play as the first point of contact with members of the public, and being the first point of contact to all of the user groups associated with their parks.  The Landscape Group takes an active role in attending and contributing to user group meetings.

This has helped to improve and grow and develop our relationship with the user groups and park users alike.

Bristol City Council had an aspiration to increase the number of Park Keepers in the contract area but had a limited budget to do so. The Landscape Group worked closely with Bristol City Council to reschedule works and adjust the roles which has enabled us to increase the number of Park Keepers within the Central area.

Since the award of the contract The Landscape Group have been instrumental in assisting Bristol City council in adding to their Green Flag site portfolio. The Landscape Group successfully helped to retain the award at St Paul’s Park and Queen Square and then assisted in gaining a further award at St Andrews Park. This was achieved by working closely with Bristol City Council in raising the profile of the site and assisting in developing the site management plan.

In addition to the Green Flag awards, The Landscape Group have helped Bristol City Council in gaining National recognition in the Britain in Bloom competition.  In 2010 we won the Large City and Tourism cups for the South West, and gained Silver Gilt in the national category.  In 2011 we retained the South West Large City category and the tourism cup but also won Gold in the National Large city category. This was achieved by working closely with Bristol City council to drive up standards and consulting over bedding designs whilst offering a flexible approach to our workloads during key periods.

In 2012, Bristol was honoured to be awarded a highly prestigious Gold in the European Entente Florale awards.  The Gold award recognises Bristol’s outstanding environmental and horticultural strengths alongside the city’s success in maintaining high quality of life standards across the board which directly benefit both residents and visitors to the city.  

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