Sefton Council, 2006 - 2020 - c£2.2 million

Green Flag 2006-2010 - Hesketh Park, Botanic Gardens and Coronation Park
Green Flag 2010 – North Park & Derby Park
North West in Bloom 2006 - Silver Gilt
Britain in Bloom 2006 - Gold
North West in Bloom 2007 - Gold
BALI National Award Winner 2008 - Botanic Gardens - Grounds Maintenance - Single Sites (Free Public Access)
Britain in Bloom 2010 Best Large Coastal Resort – Silver Gilt Medal Southport
Britain in Bloom 2010 Best Small Coastal Resort – Silver Gilt Medal Crosby & Waterloo
Nominated for Britain in Bloom 2011 – Coastal Resorts Category – Southport in Bloom

“The partnership between Sefton Council and The Landscape Group hit the ground running, as we successfully overcame Green Flag awards, Britain in Bloom competitions, summer bedding planning and the handing over of sports pitches - all during one of the hottest summers on record!.  The real success came later though with the introduction of a formal winter pruning programme which has opened up the views and given a new lease of life to the shrub beds. The partnership is very much that, with a move away from the traditional contractual stance often found between client and contractor, which has been a refreshing and rewarding way of working and we're looking forward to the years ahead. Mark Shaw, Parks and

Greenspace Manager, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council.

This traditional park (Botanic Gardens) is maintained to a very high standard by the contractor, working in partnership with the client.  An impressive display of summer bedding and very well maintained bowling greens.  The contractor actively pursues good environmental practices including minimising waste, recycling materials and using local renewable materials wherever possible.  The park is a very pleasant place to be and is obviously well used by the local community. BALI Adjudicator

The Landscape Group was delighted to be awarded this seven-year grounds maintenance contract with Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council to maintain the parks and green spaces in the Borough in 2006, with a further seven year extension awarded in 2012 cementing the partnership until 2020.
 
The contract is divided into geographical sectors each based around a primary park and each staffed by dedicated multi-skilled cluster teams.  This way of working has not only resulted in greater visibility with the park users but has also given staff a greater sense of pride and ownership.

Included in the contract are Hesketh Park and Botanic Gardens in Southport, both of which are of historical importance and are protected.  Additionally, we maintain other local parks, open spaces, libraries, civic buildings, allotments and a leisure centre.

Areas of ‘high horticultural excellence’ include the historic town centre gardens on Lord Street and the Promenade in Southport, floral roundabouts and the herbaceous border on Rotten Row, which is allegedly the longest in the country.
 
The Landscape Group is also providing one full-time groundsman at the Litherland Sports Park, a newly opened multi-million pound sporting development for the community of South Sefton.  Facilities here include a 400m, six lane athletics track with a centre arena and 3, 5-a-side synthetic turf pitches suitable for football or hockey.

Maintenance of children’s play areas and a skatepark are also included, as well as numerous sites for the provision of formal sports - for example an 18-hole municipal golf course, bowling greens, cricket squares, football pitches, mini soccer pitches, rugby pitches, tennis courts, sports pavilions, a pitch and putt course and croquet lawns.
 
Sefton’s vision is to put Parks back into the heart of the community which has meant forging a strong and positive working partnership and sharing the commitment towards achieving the highest possible quality and customer satisfaction.
 
Environmental practices include minimising waste, recycling materials, and using local renewable materials.

Sefton has a strong Apprenticeship programme, working closely with local youth education groups to provide opportunities to young local residents.  There are currently five apprentices working in Sefton on the grounds maintenance contract, all of whom have been learning a range of skills that will aid them in future careers and hopefully inspire them to a future in the horticulture industry. 

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