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.
Benefits of Having a Green Roof
Green rooftops are an answer to the problems of conventional urban roofs. They utilise all available space by transforming an unattractive grey roof into a blossoming garden for vegetation and animal life. Though most popular with large city-centre structures, a green rooftop also offers a myriad of benefits to homes and smaller businesses. This article will explain more about green roofs and the many benefits they offer.
What is a green roof?
A green roof is a rooftop onto which vegetation is grown or wildlife habitats are established. Green roofs come in many forms,
How to Save the Bees
The bee population is dwindling. In the past decade, the UK’s bee population has dropped by a third. Should the trend continue, this poses a significant threat to all of us. Bees play a fundamental role in our ecology, pollinating our wild plants — which, in turn, provides feed for livestock — as well as our crops. So what can be done to curb the falling bee numbers across the country and further afield?
The main causes of the bee crisis
There are a number of issues affecting the bee population in different ways. Some of these are interlinked,
Hampshire Investors in Young People Award
JOC are supporting Hampshire Futures
Our Contract Manager, Alan Stevens and his team have been working in partnership with Hampshire County Council to provide work experience for one of their interns. The intern, Ben, started his work experience in November 2018 and will complete his placement next month. He spends two days per week, Thursday and Friday, with Alan and his team.
So far during his placement scheme, Ben has mainly been working with our sports marking operative, Alan Reeves, teaching him how to correctly mark football, rugby and rounders pitches, athletics tracks and training grids. In addition, they attend and complete pitch renovations,
Young helping hands join the John O’Conner team at Alexandra Palace
Our Alexandra Palace (APA) Contract Manager, Michael Conway and his team of experienced grounds maintenance operatives have once again been working hard to share their knowledge and skills to two individuals who have been attending the Palace for two very different, but equally important reasons.
Local A Level student, David Ainsworth, from Wood House College has recently completed over 60 hours of voluntary work as part of his Duke of Edinburgh GOLD award criteria. The Duke of Edinburgh Award helps support and transform the lives of millions of young people whilst helping to build the confidence,
Pocket Parks: Adding Greenery to Urban Environments
While city centres are filled with places to eat, drink, party and be entertained, there’s usually one thing missing: nature. Greenery is few and far between in our intricate concrete jungles, but that doesn’t have to be the case. But what’s the best way to integrate that much-needed slice of nature into the hustle and bustle of city life? One effective solution is pocket parks.
With a recent government funding boost for pocket parks across the country, we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk more about them, so read on to learn all you need to know about pocket parks and how they can benefit our cities.
John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Ltd Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary
Family owned and run John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance celebrates 50 years in business this year. The award-winning Hertfordshire based business that operates landscape maintenance contracts from the Scottish Highlands & Islands through to the Isle of Wight plans to mark the occasion with lots of 50 themed events with its staff, customers and the communities it serves.
The focus for the events will be to support community-based projects in the areas in which it works. Some of the events already planned include:
50 Apprenticeship training opportunities created
50 Corporate Social Responsibility Projects
50 Trees donated to local schools
Chairman John O’Conner started the company in June 1969 and five decades later the company remains in family ownership with his son Matthew O’Conner now Managing Director.
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,
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.
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.
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:
With the leaves fallen and your trees looking bare,