Orchard planting scheme at Alexandra Palace & Park
An energetic group of local volunteers gathered on the 3rd of December to plant Alexandra Park’s new community orchard. The 26 fruit trees, including apples, plums, medlars, quince, damsons, pears and cherries, were planted at two different sites in The Grove.
Spearheaded by Alexandra Palaces’ Park Manager Mark Evison, and led by the Urban Orchard Project, the planting team included lots of manpower from John O’Conner, including volunteers from head office.
Matt O’Conner, Managing Director for John O’Conner (GM) Ltd said: “The project has been a great success,
John O’Conner are proud to support Neighbourhoods Green
John O’Conner are proud to support Neighbourhoods Green, a partnership initiative which highlights the importance of open space for residents of social housing and works with social landlords to raise the quality of their design, management and safe use.
The organisation provides guidance, support and tools for housing associations, local authority housing departments, arms-length management organisations (ALMOs), resident associations, community groups and their partners.
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In this county no matter how wet the winter or spring has been we always seem to be fearful of a hosepipe ban or water restrictions being placed upon us. But perhaps if we all used water more sparingly then this might not be the case. I guess because we live on an island and water is a limited resource it has the effect of focusing our minds. On a recent visit to Alexandra Palace I was pleased to see that our staff have developed a simple and effective solution to saving water. I have previously mentioned this but it was great to see it for myself.
John O’Conner & Isle of Wight receive a prestigious award.
As the specialist grounds maintenance providers for Isle of Wight Council, we are delighted that the 19th century park has been named Park of the Year at the South and South East England in Bloom Awards, which were staged in Brighton.
The Council’s Parks Manager, Nigel Leppard, together with John O’Conner’s Contract Manager, Stan Hayden, received the awards on behalf of the local authority.
Judges highlighted Ventnor Park’s summer bedding borders and raised planters as ‘superb’ and noted its ‘horticultural maintenance was of a high standard.’
They also described it as ‘the quintessential Victorian park and the jewel in the crown of the Island’s parks.’
Executive member with responsibility for the public realm,
Training and Development
As we start to move into the Autumn our contract managers minds will have one eye on their winter training programme. At John O’Conner we have established a Training and Development Policy that actively encourages all staff to take a career focused approach to their employment and we are committed to helping our people realise their full potential through continual improvement and development. This commitment is evidenced through our Investors in People accreditation which was re awarded in the summer of 2014
As a ‘people focused’ business it is our pledge to:
Actively encourage and support our people to gain the skills and qualifications required to meet the needs of our business and to support their future employability.
Terry Dean celebrated 50 years service at Clarence Park, St Albans
John O’Conner planned a special presentation by Cllr Geoff Harrison, Mayor of St Albans City and District, at the commencement of their Apprenticeships Workshop Day at Clarence Park on 10th September for Terry Dean.
Terry started as an Apprentice himself with St Albans City & District Council at the age of 15, and has maintained his position through several decades of local government tendering. He has now been with John O’Conner for around 14 years. By linking Terry’s achievement with the Apprenticeships Workshop, John O’Conner were able to inspire and motivate their existing and potential new Apprentices.
Terry was presented with a ‘Handkerchief’ (Davidia involucrata) tree by John O’Conner,
Our Managing Director speaks at National Apprenticeship Awards 2014
Matt O’Conner, our Managing Director, was proud to speak at the National Apprenticeship Awards Presentation for the Central Eastern Region.
The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their eleventh year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. The winners and highly commended entries were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony held on Thursday 4 September at the Cambridge Belfry Hotel in Cambourne.
Matt was delighted to deliver a presentation offering the benefits of the company’s experience,
25 Green Flag Awards for 2014
We are proud to have supported our clients and local community groups to achieve 25 Green Flags across their contracts, bringing considerable social, safety and environmental benefits to the local neighbourhoods.
The Green Flag scheme, which was launched in 1996, has done a huge amount to raise the standard of parks and green spaces in England and Wales. These days it is managed by a consortium comprising Keep Britain Tidy, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, and GreenSpace.
“We are delighted to have successfully retained our Green Flag Award status for our clients. These results have been achieved by working in partnership with our clients and local communities to enhance our parks and open spaces.
Celebrating 25 Green Flags in Love Parks Week
This week is Love Parks Week – an ideal time celebrate the fact that we have helped achieve 25 Green Flag awards this year, and also an ideal time to stop and reflect on just how important parks and green spaces are in our lives.
Love Parks Week event at Southern Country Park & Pishiobury Park, East Herts
Sometimes modern life can tie us in knots, making us believe that everything has to be clearly regimented and defined if it is to have any kind of purpose or importance.The park or open space acts as an antidote to this kind of thinking,
John O’Conner delivers planting project with local Beavers group
John O’Conner are proud to have worked in partnership with their client team at Aylesbury Vale District Council Parks and Open Spaces Department to organise a learning project for a local Beavers Group at Vale Park.
Contract Manager, Richard Smith, met with the little Beavers and their leaders at Aqua Vale and co-ordinated a fun introduction on how to develop a planting project and the days project organised for them. An information sheet & plant identification pictures were also handed out to the young children who were split into 5 groups of 5, with each group given the opportunity to plant perennial violas in a mixed herbaceous bed in Vale Park.