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Year: 2021

7 Tips for Winter Grounds Maintenance

The cold temperature and harsh weather can wreak havoc on your grounds; if not maintained, you may not have much left to enjoy when spring rolls around. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of seven simple maintenance tasks that will help your grounds flourish throughout winter.

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Armed Forces Covenant


John O’Conner have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which shows our commitment to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community.

At John O’Conner, we will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by:

Promoting the Armed Forces: promoting the fact that we are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, to our staff, customers, suppliers, contractors and wider public. Veterans: supporting the employment of veterans, recognising military skills and qualifications in our recruitment and selection process; working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to support the employment of Service leavers;

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Chalk Fund Champions

John O’Conner have signed up to The BALI Chalk Fund, which has been set up to support the next generation of the landscape industry are as “work ready” as possible. 

Through a range of initiatives funded by the BALI Chalk Fund, such as the GoLandscape Enrichment programme, and their Top Student awards, learners are motivated to perform at the best to gain the reward of achieving industry recognised accreditations. Because of the way the Chalk Fund applies the funding, the time spent, and training received during student’s college education, is fully recognised, saving future employers thousands of pounds in training fees.

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Another Year, Another BALI Award!

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 2021, for a prestigious company on a business park located in Stoke Poges.

The Principal Award winner will be announced on Friday 3rd December 2021, with the awards ceremony returning to London’s JW Marriott Grosvenor House to celebrate its 45th anniversary.

In response to our recent award, Contract Manager for the site, Arron Smith, comments: “The changes we have made to the site since starting the contract back in 2019 makes me very proud of the team we have.

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What is Involved in a Commercial Grounds Maintenance Contract?

If your business has its own garden, lawn or natural outdoor space, you’ll want to keep it looking its best. As well as wanting it to look nice, an aesthetically pleasing exterior can provide your business with a boost, making it more attractive to potential customers and employees.

An easy way to keep on top of your business’ landscaping is to hire commercial grounds maintenance services. A commercial grounds maintenance contract is a great asset to any business, and involves a team of landscapers regularly carrying out a whole host of services – from grass care to tree services and weed control.

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Pest Control Division Expansion!

For the last 18 months, regardless of the COVID Pandemic, the John O’Conner Pest Control division has been expanding!

In July 2020, we welcomed our second pest control technician, with a further two starting in November 2020 and a fourth starting in May 2021. In addition, this year we recruited our first apprentice who works on North Hertfordshire and Pest Control Contract as Business Administrator.

To facilitate this expansion, we’ve invested in a fleet of new vehicles. The vans are custom-fitted to allow our new technicians to carry the necessary equipment they need, such as racking, warning signs and ventilation for storing pesticides,

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30 Year Long Service Award!

A massive congratulation to Ian on receiving his Long Service Award.

“Absolute pleasure to Present Ian Pitkin Contracts Director with his 30 Long Service Award. Congratulations Ian!” – Matt O’Conner 

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