Excellent news just in from BALI Awards 2020!
BALI National Landscape Awards
National Winner Employer Excellence Award 2020
John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd celebrates double win at 2020 BALI National Awards!
We are delighted that John O’Conner has received the prestigious Employer Excellence Award from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards 2020.
The Principal Award winner will be announced on Friday 4th December 2020, which for the first time in its 44-year history, will be held virtually via a special online broadcast.
John O’Conner (GM) Ltd was established in 1969 by John O’Conner himself. John always believed and recognised that the growth and success of the Company has only been possible through the hard work of each employee.
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.
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,
In Bloom Awards!
Big wins for JOC Teams.
Congratulations to our teams at Alexandra Palace for winning THREE GOLD AWARDS at this years London in Bloom Awards. These were awarded for Large Park (above 25 acres), Large Conservation Area and Heritage Park/Garden.
In addition, our team on Isle of Wight were awarded a SILVER GILT for Ventnor Park and The Cascades at the South and South East in Bloom.
These awards evidence the hard work and dedication our teams put in at Client sites.
Well done to everyone involved.
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,
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.
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.
SeasonalTimes July 2018
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How Has the UK Heatwave Affected Our Landscape?
This summer’s heatwave has been the go-to topic of conversation since June. With temperatures regularly hitting above 30℃, large swathes of the country have gone from green to yellow – with plant life and grassy parklands desperate for even the smallest amount of rainfall.
While the heatwave might be tough for us to cope with, spare a thought for our environment. From water reserves to greenery, the constant dry heat has had an enormous impact on our landscape, so let’s take a look at the severity of the heatwave in this article.
The UK’s hottest summer in 42 years
The record-breaking temperatures saw the Met Office issue a heatwave alert in July,