BEST OVERALL AND TWO GOLD AWARDS
Darren Hardman, North East Regional Manager, recently attended the Northumbria in Bloom Awards at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Three of our long term maintenance sites – Rainton Bridge, Doxford Park and Newcastle Business Park had been entered in the special award category.
Doxford Park received the Best Business Park award, high praise indeed with Rainton Bridge Business Park achieving a Gold Medal. Doxford Park is the larger of the two Goodman UK sites at 55 hectares with Rainton Bridge 10 hectares. Both sites are maintained by the same team of Chris Balfour, Dale Card, Steve Crone and Terry Ford and have been in the Grace Landscapes portfolio for over 6 years.
The 30 hectare Newcastle Business Park was constructed after the closure of the Thomas Armstrong factory which manufactured guns and warships for the Royal Navy. The park, maintained by Grace for over 7 years also won a Gold Award and is home to British Airways world ticket sales office, the AA and the Environment Agency amongst others. The management company invests in a rolling programme to refurbish existing shrubs beds and with a view to sustainability, wildflower corridors have been established this year. Bedding has replaced by perennial and herbaceous plants to add more contrast and year round colour to the park. The team consists of Tony Lishman, Stuart Gregory who work alongside father and son Steven and Lewis Christie. Lewis is a 1st year apprentice whilst Steven has worked on the park for 15 years.
Congratulations to Supervisor Stephen Hodgson and his dedicated teams.