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News

Discover the latest company and industry-wide news with our informative posts

Everyone here at John O’Conner is proud to welcome you to our brand new blog! Here you’ll find a whole host of information about our company and our experienced team.

We will be updating our blog regularly, so make sure to check back here often so you can keep up to date with all the exciting developments here at John O’Conner.

Commercial Landscape Maintenance for the New Year

The winter months are, by far, the most demanding time of year for commercial grounds and landscapes. The wet, cold conditions can take their toll if you let them, but even the most expensive and complex commercial enterprise can keep on top of their winter maintenance with a bit of know-how.

In this article, we’re looking at some of the key considerations to take into account ahead of the new year, ensuring your commercial grounds are looked after and fully prepared.

Think about your budgets and plan ahead

Some of the work that’ll need to be done around your grounds will be the same as the year before,

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BALI Principal Award Winners 2018!

John O’Conner are delighted to have received a major Principal Award 2018 for Grounds Maintenance – Limited Access, together with our Client Serco at their site The Emergency Planning College, The Hawkhills in York.

The awards were held in London on Friday 7th December at the Grosvenor House Hotel and were hosted by journalist and television presenter Dan Walker.

The Awards, which are run annually by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), pay tribute to landscape designers and specialist Landscape and Grounds Maintenance contractors who have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill.

Managing Director,

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National Apprenticeship Awards 2018

John O’Conner were announced as Regional Highly Commended Winner in September at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018, which took place at Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge. We came runners up to MBDA who are a Global manufacturer of missiles based in Stevenage.

This Award demonstrates our commitment and investment we place into our Apprenticeship programme and into each of our Apprentices.

Matt O’Conner comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the South East Regional Highly Commended Winner Award. With our new group of apprentices for 2018 having recently joined us, the recognition we’ve received is a tangible accolade to the continued investment we’re making.

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Winter Grounds Maintenance Checks

Winter poses the harshest challenge for our green environment – as well as the wildlife which inhabits it. Often, the aftermath of wintry conditions can be tough to recover from, but there are plenty of ways for you to look after your outdoor space during the winter, minimising the cleanup work you’ll need to do in the spring.

In this article, we’re looking at some of the essential winter grounds maintenance checks you can perform to keep your grounds in good condition and your green fingers busy in the snow.

General gardening tasks:

Pruning

With the leaves fallen and your trees looking bare,

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How Has the UK Heatwave Affected Our Landscape?

This summer’s heatwave has been the go-to topic of conversation since June. With temperatures regularly hitting above 30℃, large swathes of the country have gone from green to yellow – with plant life and grassy parklands desperate for even the smallest amount of rainfall.

While the heatwave might be tough for us to cope with, spare a thought for our environment. From water reserves to greenery, the constant dry heat has had an enormous impact on our landscape, so let’s take a look at the severity of the heatwave in this article.

The UK’s hottest summer in 42 years

The record-breaking temperatures saw the Met Office issue a heatwave alert in July,

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April 2017 News

April 2017  seasonal employment opportunities: Experienced grounds maintenance operatives sought for the summer season (April to October) UK-wide. If you would like to submit an application for employment please download an application form and email your completed form to recruitment@johnoconner.co.uk

Levy lift off: John O’Conner has been quick off the ground with its use of the Levy. At an Apprenticeship event hosted by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Herts Growth Hub and the Beds and Herts Provider Network, Managing Director Matt O’Conner pledged to use the levy to take on new apprentices and to improve the skill sets of existing workers.

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March 2017 News

New Contract Wins: We are delighted to announce the following contract wins:

Hampshire County Council Schools Leicester County Council Schools Cunninghame Housing Association Loreburn Housing Association Perth & Kinross Council Highland and Islands Enterprise

John O’Conner Apprentice visits No 10: We are really pleased for Emma Charlton one of our 2016 Apprentices who visited No 10 Downing Street. Emma started her Apprenticeship with John O’Conner in November 2016 and works on our East Hertfordshire contract. Her future plans include working on National Trust Sites and/or high end Horticulture!

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