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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.

Second BALI Announcement!

BALI National Landscape Awards

National Winner Grounds Maintenance (Limited Public Access) 2020.

We are delighted that John O’Conner has been announced as a National Winner for Grounds Maintenance (Limited Public Access) from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards 2020, for a prestigious company on a business park in Reading.

The Principal Award winner will be announced on Friday 4th December 2020, which for the first time in its 44-year history, will be held virtually via a special online broadcast.

In response to our recent award, Matt O’Conner comments: “Our team on-site have worked incredibly hard over the last few years to bring the client site up to an extremely high standard,

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Excellent news just in from BALI Awards 2020! hedge border maintenance

BALI National Landscape Awards

National Winner Employer Excellence Award 2020

John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd celebrates double win at 2020 BALI National Awards!

We are delighted that John O’Conner has received the prestigious Employer Excellence Award from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards 2020.

The Principal Award winner will be announced on Friday 4th December 2020, which for the first time in its 44-year history, will be held virtually via a special online broadcast.

John O’Conner (GM) Ltd was established in 1969 by John O’Conner himself. John always believed and recognised that the growth and success of the Company has only been possible through the hard work of each employee.

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New Company Acquisition grass cutting in Scotland

We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 8th April 2020, John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd purchased 100% of the shares of Westlea Landscaping Limited.

Westlea is a trusted regional grounds maintenance service provider with a thirty years of track record for delivering exceptional customer service from its base in the Swindon area.

Like JOC, Westlea it has built its reputation on delivering quality while looking after the people it employs. We believe that culturally and commercially Westlea will find a good home with John O’Conner. The acquisition will help strengthen the companies offering in the Wiltshire and South West region and operationally it will be very much business as usual for both companies.

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A message from Matt O’Conner

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sent such heartful messages since the passing of my father and our Chairman JOC.  We have been overwhelmed by messages from friends, staff, suppliers, clients and numerous from others in our industry and JOC’s connections locally and far afield.  Thank you also to the NHS team who looked after him so well whilst in their care.

John O’Conner was buried at 1.00pm today Thursday 9th April 2020.  Due to current circumstances, the funeral was attended only by close family and this is with much sadness, since I know that if the situation had been different,

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Sad News Landscape Construction and maintenance

It is with great sadness we announce that John O’Conner passed away on 24th March 2020.

John was admitted to the Lister Hospital on 12th March and diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Due to underlying health issues he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit but died following a short battle with the illness.

John started the business in 1969 and steered it through its first 50 years, his strong principles and values remain the bedrock of the company today. He showed great passion, not only for his business, but the industry as a whole. He was a former Chairman of the British Association of Landscape Industries,

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COVID-19 Statement mowing and tending to sports pitches

Updated 04/06/2020

At John O’Conner we are following all legislation and advice from the Government and ACAS regarding COVID-19. We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure we protect the health of our staff, clients and members of the public at this current time.

We are continuing to support clients with essential maintenance to ensure the sites are maintained to useable standards. These sites include schools and councils as well as hospitals and other customers which include, essential cleansing, waste removal, general maintenance and burial services, all of which are considered key workers delivering critical public services.

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Can It Be Too Cold to Snow? Man with shovel cleaning snow at day light

As kids (and adults, admittedly), we’re left disappointed when pulling apart our curtains on a cold winter morning and not finding any snow. We’ll usually conclude that it is not cold enough — but have you ever considered that it might be too cold?

It can be too cold to snow. Exceptionally low temperatures can affect the conditions needed for snow to occur. 

This article will explain the idea in greater detail and provide tips on how to protect your grounds over the winter.

 

When does it snow?

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How to Spot Bed Bugs

As a child, the phrase ‘sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ may have seemed like a harmless nursery rhyme; as an adult, bed bugs can be a serious cause for concern. 

Bed bugs multiply quickly, producing three or more generations in a single year. Identifying a bed bug infestation early gives you the best chance of complete eradication. Unfortunately, bed bug infestations are notoriously difficult to spot, but our guide should help you to recognise the early signs.

 

I’ve noticed bites on my body. Do I have bed bugs? 

It is common for people to attribute any bites they find on their bodies to bed bugs.

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In Bloom Awards! flower and garden maintenance

Big wins for JOC Teams.

Congratulations to our teams at Alexandra Palace for winning THREE GOLD AWARDS at this years London in Bloom Awards. These were awarded for Large Park (above 25 acres), Large Conservation Area and Heritage Park/Garden.

In addition, our team on Isle of Wight were awarded a SILVER GILT for Ventnor Park and The Cascades at the South and South East in Bloom.

These awards evidence the hard work and dedication our teams put in at Client sites.

Well done to everyone involved.

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