New Company Acquisition
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.
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,
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,
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.
Can It Be Too Cold to Snow?
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?