Portsmouth City Council - £1.3 million p.a - 2001 - 2016

Commencing in 2001, The Landscape Group were awarded three of Portsmouth’s major maintenance contracts covering the southern, northern and eastern areas of the city. Initially spanning 5 years, the council extended each contract to 15 years at a value of £1.3 million per annum. The works carried out across the three regions vary greatly and include nearly all aspects of amenity horticulture.
 
Hosting the biggest carnival event outside  of London, as well as many of the South’s biggest  seasonal tourist attractions, Portsmouth’s many parks require The Landscape Group to operate to tight schedules, manage difficult logistical programmes, and finish to an exceptional and consistent standard of quality.
 
Works include the stripping, planting and maintenance of floral bedding schemes, which generates a mass of colour across the parks. This requires deadheading, feeding and weeding on a daily basis to maintain this high level of appearance. Hanging baskets, lamppost troughs and hedges require a

similar level of formal maintenance, and complement the heather beds, alpines, herbaceous borders and rose borders that are located mainly in the Southsea rose garden.

In addition to a sunken garden (complete with pond), the team maintain 6 bowling greens, 2 mini-golf courses, 12 grass tennis courts and a cricket ground that hosts high profile games and tournaments.  On the common area there is also the facility to play lacrosse and rounders. The high amenity grass and sports areas are maintained to strict standards and the works include fertilizing, selective weed control, scarifying and end of season reinstatement.
 
Contracts also include the sweeping and weed control of selected hard areas and litter picking across all three regions.
 
The broad scale of this maintenance contract extends to the veterinary care of animals within the central park’s aviary and animal compound. Accordingly, our staff are all qualified to NVQ Level 1 in animal husbandry.

Not all of the work is external, and the contracts require the maintenance of the Civic Office and Guildhall’s large number of internal plants. This includes deadheading, leaf shining, feeding and watering.

Due to the highly populated nature of the area, a view was taken on the resourcing of vehicles for the contracts.

By taking into consideration the environmental issues that are part of our life, electric powered buggies were purchased as opposed to diesel-powered vans that had been used in the past. These vehicles are more environmentally friendly, less intrusive to the public, and far more practical as they can be used on grass areas in close proximity to the work.

Other innovative initiatives in place include the introduction of a green waste recycling programme and the establishment of an apprentice training scheme for young people based on the ‘old-fashioned’ parks apprenticeship scheme.

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