‘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.
Fundraising for Garden House Hospice Care
We’re proud to have been able to help Garden House Hospice Care raise more than £19,000 through collecting Christmas trees to recycle in exchange for a donation to the hospice.
Over 1,075 trees were collected over a five-day period, from residents in Stevenage and North Herts Christmas. The trees were shredded with chippings being donated to community projects.
Richard Harbon, head of events at Garden House Hospice Care, said: “Our Christmas Treecycling service has proved more popular than ever this year and we were delighted to have so many trees to collect.
John O’Conner Principal Winners at BALI Awards 2020!
John O’Conner are delighted to have received a major Principal Award 2020 for Employer Excellence at this year BALI Awards! This is the third time John O’Conner have been successful in this category having previously been won the award in 2008 and 2013.
The Employer Excellence is awarded in recognition to the contribution being made to the landscape industry by BALI members that achieve excellence through staff development and exemplary business practices.
This award was made possible through the dedication of our employees who have adapted throughout 2020 to ensure we continued to deliver the highest quality to our customers.
SeasonalTimes September 2020
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Second BALI Announcement!
BALI National Landscape Awards
National Winner Grounds Maintenance (Limited Public Access) 2020.
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 2020, for a prestigious company on a business park in Reading.
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.
In response to our recent award, Matt O’Conner comments: “Our team on-site have worked incredibly hard over the last few years to bring the client site up to an extremely high standard,
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,
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.
SeasonalTimes October 2018
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