‘Greening Ryde’ Volunteer Initiative
Long neglected flower beds in Market Square, Ryde, temporarily replanted by volunteers last year, were finally given the required makeover through the efforts of volunteers and local organisations.
Three Tons of ‘homemade’ compost donated by the team from Osborne House and 50 bags of peat free top dressing was given by the Co-op. Pollinator friendly plants from ‘The Coastal Gardener’ sponsored by Ryde Town Council were also donated, along with bedding plants from landscape maintenance contractor, John O’Connor. The volunteers themselves brought along plants and provided the materials necessary for the transformation of this busy thoroughfare, between the car park and the square.
Whip Planting at Bricket Wood
In Bricket Wood, our team have been hard at work planting 500 Wips at Mount Pleasant Lane Primary School.
Last year, unfortunately a number of unprotected saplings were accidently cut down, meaning the hedge was unable to thrive. So, in order to replace these, we donated 500 replacement Wips and helped with the planting. Our operatives were also joined by a handful of primary school students.
The Wips will grow into a strong hedge along the school fence and will have a positive environmental impact for years to come. The hedge will give the school an environmental barrier from the busy traffic on Mount Pleasant Lane and reduce the impact of noise and car pollution.
The Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis
A message from our Managing Director, Matt O’Conner:
The Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis is a frightening situation that is getting worse by the day. We believe the best way to help is by supporting The Disaster and Emergencies Committee (DEC). The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities, raising funds to quickly and effectively respond to overseas disasters. By donating to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, you’ll help DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families. You can donate here: https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
We’ve also had a number of our staff who have wanted to help in a more physical way.
Green Canopy initiative with GWH
Last week, individuals from John O’Conner helped Great Western Hospital plant a tree in their grounds as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.
The event was also attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire and Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the county, Sarah Troughton.
The tree will grow in the hospital’s new wellbeing garden, which is open to all staff, patients and visitors to sit in.
Kevin McNamara, Chief Executive of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our new wellbeing garden is really taking shape, and alongside new wooden structures, a sunken garden and other modern perennial planting,
Shortlisted for Commitment to Training!
We are pleased to announce that our Pest Control Division have been shortlisted for the BPCA Member Awards for the Commitment to Training category!
This award is designed to recognise a BPCA member who has demonstrated a commitment to upskilling their employees through BPCA. This shortlisting is in recognition of our dedicated commitment to training, development and continual learning.
Our Pest Control Manager, Karen Brett comments: “As a business, our aim is to always ensure that our employees have the correct skills and knowledge to deliver a professional service so I’m really proud that the pest division has been recognised for our commitment to training.
Investment in Apprentices
John O’Conner have always invested in apprentices to help futureproof our workforce, and to allow us to support communities and provide opportunities for young people.
You can read the full article via the link below:
NAW Press Release 2022
Achieving bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
We are pleased to announce that John O’Conner has received the bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
We are proud to be supporting the Armed Forces Community and this award acknowledges that we have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond our covenant pledges.
As a business, we will continue to commitment to the covenant by recognising the value of serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families to our business and country. This will be achieved by:
Promoting the Armed Forces: promoting the fact that we are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation,
New Contract with Cottsway Housing
We are delighted to announce that John O’Conner our new contract with Cottsway Housing is now up and running. The contract is spread across the following areas: West Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire & Worcestershire.
The contract will be run from our depot location in Royal Wootton Bassett and overseen by our Regional Manager, Joe Howarth. Joe comments: “We are thrilled to have won this contract with Cottsway. We’re looking forward to developing a positive working relationship with both Cottsway and its residents. Our team will be working hard to integrate with the community and will be delivering a high quality of grounds maintenance across all sites.”
A big welcome to all new employees who are working on the contract.
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;
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.