Grounds Blog Update

May 2017

We are very pleased to have begun work on our new contract, cutting the public footpaths in Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth.


This Rights of Way contract, awarded to us by Suffolk County Council, requires us to work very intensively over a short period, deploying many operatives and items of equipment simultaneously, in order to make the footpaths accessible for the summer. We are fortunate to have the resources to be able to deliver contracts that require such a focussed period of work.


This month has also seen the beginning of the summer sports season in our public parks. Our staff are busy carrying out a sportfield maintenance schedule to bowling greens and cricket pitches across the district. Regular sports use soon causes wear to grassed areas and so a professional maintenance regime is required to keep it looking its best throughout the season.


Our grass cutting season is well under way and most grassed areas and verges are currently having their third full cut of the season.  The exceptions are the wildflower areas in Beccles and Halesworth cemeteries, and some large verges which are reserved for wild flower growth to provide valuable nectar for bees. These areas therefore have a different cutting schedule for conservations reasons.  The other areas which have so far been left are those where we are allowing the spring flowering bulbs to die back; these areas will be cut back within the next week or so.


We are looking forward to receiving our delivery of summer bedding plants next week. These we will be potting up ourselves into hanging baskets and planters to go out into Lowestoft Town Centre and Seafront and Carlton Colville.  Both our hanging baskets and planters have water reservoirs within them, to minimise the need for frequent watering, and ensure the plants grow well and look their best at all times.


We are proud to have been awarded several new areas of Parish Council land to maintain this season and are enjoying learning about the requirements of these areas. 


The new season also sees us returning to work for the substantial number of customers whose contracts we have held for many years, including schools and industrial land management agents. These clients continue to use our services because of our ability to provide professional and high quality maintenance standards at a competitive price.