Everyone here at John O’Conner is proud to welcome you to our brand new blog! Here you’ll find a whole host of information about our company and our experienced team.
We will be updating our blog regularly, so make sure to check back here often so you can keep up to date with all the exciting developments here at John O’Conner.
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,
Pocket Parks: Adding Greenery to Urban Environments
While city centres are filled with places to eat, drink, party and be entertained, there’s usually one thing missing: nature. Greenery is few and far between in our intricate concrete jungles, but that doesn’t have to be the case. But what’s the best way to integrate that much-needed slice of nature into the hustle and bustle of city life? One effective solution is pocket parks.
With a recent government funding boost for pocket parks across the country, we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk more about them, so read on to learn all you need to know about pocket parks and how they can benefit our cities.
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.
Commercial Landscape Maintenance for the New Year
The winter months are, by far, the most demanding time of year for commercial grounds and landscapes. The wet, cold conditions can take their toll if you let them, but even the most expensive and complex commercial enterprise can keep on top of their winter maintenance with a bit of know-how.
In this article, we’re looking at some of the key considerations to take into account ahead of the new year, ensuring your commercial grounds are looked after and fully prepared.
Think about your budgets and plan ahead
Some of the work that’ll need to be done around your grounds will be the same as the year before,
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.
National Apprenticeship Awards 2018
John O’Conner were announced as Regional Highly Commended Winner in September at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018, which took place at Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge. We came runners up to MBDA who are a Global manufacturer of missiles based in Stevenage.
This Award demonstrates our commitment and investment we place into our Apprenticeship programme and into each of our Apprentices.
Matt O’Conner comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the South East Regional Highly Commended Winner Award. With our new group of apprentices for 2018 having recently joined us, the recognition we’ve received is a tangible accolade to the continued investment we’re making.
Winter Grounds Maintenance Checks
Winter poses the harshest challenge for our green environment – as well as the wildlife which inhabits it. Often, the aftermath of wintry conditions can be tough to recover from, but there are plenty of ways for you to look after your outdoor space during the winter, minimising the cleanup work you’ll need to do in the spring.
In this article, we’re looking at some of the essential winter grounds maintenance checks you can perform to keep your grounds in good condition and your green fingers busy in the snow.
General gardening tasks:
With the leaves fallen and your trees looking bare,
SeasonalTimes October 2018
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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,