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Nurture Landscapes earn prestigious award

Nurture Landscapes earn prestigious award: Nurture Landscapes awarded Gold Medal status by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for continually meeting and exceeding health and safety performance benchmarks.

An ongoing commitment to health and safety has seen Nurture Landscapes recognised by the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, one of the most recognised health schemes in the world with around 2,000 entries each year.

Nurture Landscapes earn prestigious award

Nurture Landscapes earn prestigious award

The firm, headquartered in Windlesham, Surrey, received Gold Medal status as a result of achieving the highest level of accreditation – gold – for six consecutive years. Each award is presented based on an organisation’s individual health and safety performance, with Nurture demonstrating its methodology in areas including:

  • The use of risk assessments.
  • Active monitoring of health & safety performance.
  • Review of performance against key targets.
  • The role of directors leading health & safety policies.

Peter Fane, Nurture managing director, said: “Many, many congratulations to Robin Jackson, our health & safety manager, and his team. It is testament to their continued diligence and hard work that we can continue achieving Gold Medal status, especially in these challenging times. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments in keeping us safe on a daily basis.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s achievements director, added: “The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations across the globe, making it one of the most sought-after achievement awards for health and safety worldwide.

“RoSPA is very proud of the achievements of its entrants, and with this award we recognise the best of the best, those organisations that have gone the extra mile, raising the bar for the delivery of safety in the workplace. Employees, wherever they may be, should be able to go to work safe in the knowledge that they will return home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day.”

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels.

Further details about Nurture Landscapes is available at www.nurturelandscapes.co.uk.

Further details about the RoSPA Awards is available at https://www.rospa.com/awards.

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Weedfree Landscapes reduce workshop costs

Weedfree Landscapes reduce workshop costs: Grounds Maintenance Contractors Weedfree Landscapes have reported a 95% reduction in servicing and workshop costs thanks to switching to Aspen Alkylate Petrol.

For the last two years, they’ve been using Aspen to power all of their 2-stroke equipment which has not only contributed to more efficient machinery performance, but made for a safer and cleaner operator experience.

Weedfree Landscapes reduce workshop costs

Weedfree Landscapes reduce workshop costs

Weedfree Landscapes undertake a wide variety of ground and winter maintenance services for a number of commercial customers in and around the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. Commercial Director Tim Bower explains that he was familiar with the Aspen product but that it was following a demonstration at SALTEX that they decided to trial Aspen 2. “Straight away we noticed the reduction in noxious fumes. For the operator this brings fantastic health benefits, especially during prolonged periods of exposure, but it also makes for a cleaner working environment which is desirable when we’re working in public spaces such as schools for example.”

Being virtually free from sulphur, benzene and solvents, Aspen Alkylate Petrol is 99% cleaner than regular pump fuel when comparing the level of hazardous hydrocarbons. This means that Aspen burns cleaner, not only reducing the harmful impacts for the operator and the environment but helping to preserve and extend the life of engine components. “Without doubt, we are definitely seeing a reduction in the number of faults and replacement parts we’re using. With Aspen being premixed with a premium biodegradable 2-stroke oil means you know you’re getting the perfect mix every time eliminating issues with equipment clogging up, reducing downtime and giving us quite substantial cost savings.”

Tim orders Aspen by the pallet, which is then stored safely on-site in a dedicated cabinet meaning it couldn’t be quicker or simpler for the team to fuel up for the day ahead. “There’s no unnecessary trips backwards and forwards to the filling station which again results in more time and cost savings. When you begin to add up the savings that come with using Aspen – the convenience factor and the associated financial benefits, together with the improved efficiency of our machinery, it really makes commercial sense.”

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Nurture Landscapes win BALI award

Nurture Landscapes win BALI award: It’s a nurturing hand that sees Nurture Landscapes win its fourth Grounds Maintenance Limited Public Access award at the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards.

The award, which is sponsored by Toro and Reesink Turfcare, the exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland for Toro groundscare machinery, recognises all sorts of grounds maintenance, and the project that won is not only a vertical space in the form of one of Europe’s largest living walls but has the added challenge of being alongside the Metro viaduct wall next to Snow Hill Station in Birmingham making access somewhat tricky!

Nurture Landscapes win BALI award

Nurture Landscapes win BALI award

Matt Monckton, regional manager at Nurture Landscapes, says: “This site is incredibly challenging with the green wall running just a few metres adjacent to the Metro line. Our planned overhaul visits can only be carried out in the small hours when the live lines are powered down which happens on just two weekends a year and we have to bring in free-standing artificial lights, which in itself is a major task.”

At 220m long and 7m high with 604m2 of plants, it’s an eye-catching feature. As well as plants, the living wall incorporates decorative perforated aluminium panels designed to capture artificial and natural daylight. Programmable uplighters bring the wall to life at night and create constantly changing patterns and the illusion of depth and movement.

Matt continues: “The whole feature has moisture sensors built into the green wall which are internet connected and alert us quickly to any irrigation issues across the face of the whole wall. In the evening a cutting-edge LED lighting system operates to create waves of coloured lights across the wall which, when combined with the interspersed, undulating perforated steel panels really does make for a unique flowing green space.”

So what does Matt attribute the company’s continuing success to in the awards which in 2019 had record entries, record first-time entries and record international entries and makes receiving one even more of an achievement? “Where we can we try and partner with our clients and this site is a case in point,” he says. “We have built up a wonderful working relationship with the building management team who take a genuine interest in making this location a vibrant local landmark.”

It’s for all these reasons and the fact that Nurture Landscapes achieves great and beautiful results, that makes it a worthy winner of the award, says Reesink’s Alastair Rowell, who presented the award to the company in front of an audience of over 1000 BALI members and guests at the 43rd annual awards: “It’s a fantastic feat of grounds maintenance skill that Nurture Landscapes not only win this award, but win it for the fourth time. It’s grounds maintenance that creates a work of art and provides pleasure to so many commuters as well as being progressive and cutting-edge in its execution too.”

Paul Bean, sales director at Nurture Landscapes, says: “To be recognised again is testament to the enthusiasm, passion and skill of our teams. We invest in training our people well and creating strong business-to-business relationships. This award reinforces we’re doing the right thing and we’re generating the kind of success we’d always hoped for.”

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Pellenc power for Inverallan Landscapes

Pellenc power for Inverallan Landscapes: Inverallan Landscapes, a gardening and grounds maintenance contracting business in Stirling, claims that Pellenc battery powered equipment is playing a big part in the company’s decision to be more environmentally friendly.

In 21 years of business, the family run company has acquired a glowing reputation for its highest level of service and attention to detail by its fully qualified staff. The company also boasts ISO 14001-2015 Environmental Management and ISO 9001-2015 Quality Management Systems certifications.

Pellenc power for Inverallan Landscapes

Inverallan Landscapes success can also be attributed to managing director John Maxwell’s forward thinking, who is of the opinion that battery powered equipment is the future of ground care.

“In my opinion, battery equipment is the way forward and we have made a big conscious decision to be greener,” he said.

“We run quite a variety of battery equipment and Pellenc is a big part of that – it’s easy to use, you don’t have any maintenance and there is a huge saving on fuel.”

Light, odourless, relatively noise-free, with no starting problems and no refilling the fuel tank – it’s no wonder more and more people like John are turning to the innovative technology of Pellenc. In recent years, Pellenc has gained market recognition by offering a unique range of ‘zero emission’ battery-powered handheld tools, thanks to the development of Lithium-ion ultra-high performance batteries. This technology, which is exclusive to Pellenc, guarantees non-polluting with quick start-up and long lasting battery life – something which John is particularly impressed with.

“They are great for the run time and you can use it with the confidence knowing that you are not going to run out in an hour’s time which is thanks to the Pellenc ULiB battery we use.”

The team at Inverallan Landscapes have reported fantastic results from using the Helion 2 Compact hedge trimmer – which is the lightest battery-powered hedge trimmer on the market. Designed to meet the needs of professionals in terms of power and trimming quality, the Helion hedge trimmer allows the user to work comfortably when trimming hedges, ornamental trees and can also be used for pruning. By using the 4-speed selector switch, you can adapt your tool to the type of cut required.

Furthermore, to reach areas that may be a stretch, John and his team rely on the Pellenc Helion extendable pole model.

“These two models give us the flexibility for effective hedge cutting and the extendable pole saw allows for long reach. They are so much lighter than their two-stroke equivalents and are a joy to use.”

John also revealed that his most recent Pellenc addition, the Cleanion battery-powered brush, proved to be the town’s saviour when the Beast from the East struck last year.

“Here in Stirling we have the National Wallace Monument and there is a steep road leading up to it in which a mini bus transports tourists so they can walk round and view the monument. When the Beast from the East came, the tourists couldn’t get up there because the road was covered in snow. I therefore needed a machine to clear it and decided that the Cleanion looked ideal.”

The Pellenc Cleanion battery-powered brush is ideal for removing debris from natural and artificial grass and other hard surfaces. With the attachment of a snow blade, the Cleanion also proves to be effective in clearing snow from streets and paths. However, in John’s case, he didn’t have the snow attachment at the time so he proceeded in clearing the snow leading up to the monument with the standard brush.

“It actually worked out very well and cleared the way which enabled the mini-bus to get up the hill. We have since purchased the snow blade attachment but haven’t had a chance to use it yet, so I’m hoping that it snows soon purely so I’ve got an excuse to use it!

“It was the battery factor which attracted me to the Cleanion and the fact that I can use the same battery on this machine as well as other tools in the Pellenc range.”

Pellenc products are exclusively distributed in the UK by Etesia UK

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