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GRACE’S GREEN PLAN IT CHALLENGE

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       ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY GREEN PLAN IT CHALLENGE Back in June, Grace Landscapes Ltd was one of the companies approached by the Royal Horticultural Society to become involved with their ‘Green Plan It Challenge’ scheme for the Yorkshire area. The RHS asked prominent landscaping companies to become involved and provide a mentor to support a local school to engage in a ten-week project where they re-think the role of green space for community benefit. Ian Fearnley, Training Coordinator rose to the.Read more

WELLINGTONS DEFINITELY NEEDED

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Late 2015, Grace Landscapes Ltd completed the soft landscaping at 6 Wellington Place in the heart of Leeds. This being a part of the city’s newest open space, Tower Square, and offering an oasis of calm at the heart of the city. The works had to be carefully programmed to co-ordinate with the paving and resin bound gravel contractors, with extra care being taken not to cause any damage with the machinery needed to transport the topsoil and semi-mature trees.Read more

GRACE LANDSCAPES LTD WIN AGAIN

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Grace Landscapes Ltd North East regional depot has scooped a coveted British Association of Landscapes Industries award for Rainton Bridge Business Park in the category 1P – Grounds Maintenance of sites with limited public access such as Business Parks, Military bases and Service Provider Facilities.  Grace Landscapes Ltd has been maintaining Rainton Bridge since January 2008 and working with CBRE since January 2015 when CBRE took over the running of the park from the previous provider. Rainton Bridge is a.Read more

NEW DIRECTORS

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Grace Landscapes Ltd based has welcomed three new directors to the board. Left to right; Nat Spencer, Jo Hardingham and John Peacock John Peacock, Finance Director responsible for Finance and Human Resources, he has been with the company since April 2013. John has worked in finance for 20 years, with the last 10 years being in Senior Management roles within the manufacturing and construction sectors. It is his role to manage the finance department and liaise with external bodies including the.Read more

IMPROVING THE LANDSCAPE

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    Grace Landscapes has won a maintenance contract combined with upgrades to seven existing business parks. The three-year deal worth £640,000 will see the company look after seven sites across northern England and the Midlands. Grace was approached by Lambert Smith Hampton to implement the proposals put forward by landscape architect Stephen Welch of Welch Landscape Design. The works aim to improve the sites visually while reducing the maintenance costs for the tenant’s. Maintenance started on the three northern sites on.Read more

BALI – PRINCIPAL AWARD WINNER FOR KIRKWOOD HOSPICE

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 On Friday 5th December Grace Landscapes Ltd were represented by Tim Grace, Hugh Pawsey and Ian Fearnley at the British Associations of Landscape Industries annual awards ceremony where they were presented with the Principal Award in the Schools and Community category. The existing gardens at Kirkwood Hospice were redesigned and upgraded in conjunction with the new in-patient wing. After much consultation with the local community, the idea was to provide accessibility to the garden for all. Installation of a commemorative block.Read more

WHITE ROSE COMMUNITY AWARD

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Long term employee George Grouse, seen here, receiving the White Rose Community Award from James Bailey, Centre Director of the Leeds Shopping Centre.  The awards, which are now in their third year, are presented by White Rose Shopping Centre in recognition of those people who do outstanding work to benefit the community, or who have shown courage in adverse circumstances. George has worked at Grace Landscapes Ltd since 2004 and has been the Foreman at the shopping centre for eight.Read more

POPPIES

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Grace Landscapes Ltd recently donated a large bag of poppy seeds to Spen Valley District Scouts to help with the simple, long lasting and beautiful commemoration of the First World War. It was Band Leader Joanna Nelson who put forward the suggestion to create a public display by growing poppies at each of their Scout headquarters, the Scout campsite at Fanwood and in the memorial garden at Cleckheaton.  The seeds will be used to help make a lasting and dignified.Read more

C2C for Kirkwood

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Richard Rhodes of Grace Landscapes Ltd Maintenance department recently completed a Coast to Coast sponsored cycle ride to raise much needed funds for Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield.  Richard was already due to undertake the ride from Workington to Sunderland and used the opportunity to raise in excess of £350.00 when he heard that a work colleague was in the hospice. Richard joined his Dad, who had completed the 140 mile route for the previous 5 years, along with another 12.Read more

NEW GARDEN FOR OLD

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  Grace Landscapes Ltd recently completed the refurbishment and extension of a courtyard garden at Woodward Court for City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.  The residential and dare care facility is situated in Allerton and specialises in Alzheimer’s and covers Dementia, Mental Health conditions and old age. The courtyard was starting to look old and tired and needed an input of life to invigorate the patients and staff alike. Roger Scales of CBMDC designed a scheme to brighten up and extend.Read more

BRIGHTENING UP A DULL DAY

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 Grace Landscapes Ltd was recently asked to come up with a design to brighten up a dull corner at Fieldhead School in Batley.  The area was used by the children for supervised play but is also one of the fire escape routes from the school.  The time scale was tight as a design and costing needed to be agreed so the works could be completed in the half term holiday. The remit was for a sensory garden to be enclosed.Read more

NEW FOR 2014

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Grace Landscapes have recently purchased a Stem Injection System for the treatment and eradication of Japanese Knotweed. The decision was made to meet increasing demand for treatment of the invasive weed on both existing and new sites alike. Stem injection works by inserting a small dose of herbicide into individual canes of the Japanese Knotweed. This allows translocation of the herbicide to the roots and rhizomes giving a greater chance of success.  Not only does it give increased efficiency for.Read more

CHRISTMAS WREATHS

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grace Landscapes Ltd hosted a wreath making Christmas workshop for the tenants Leeds Valley Park.  The festive treat was a great success with over 30 employees from Arla, Capita and Detica, companies based at Leeds Valley Park, attending the two sessions. Partnered by Integritas Landscapes and funded by Goodman UK Business Parks, a thoroughly productive day was enjoyed by all who attended, made all the more festive with mince pies and mulled wine. Grace Landscapes Ltd intend to roll.Read more

IN WITH THE NEW…KEEPING THE OLD

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On the 1st of November, Grace Landscapes’ oldest employee reaches the grand age of 80 years old.  Since January 2008 Brian Doyle of the North West region has worked a 6 hour week litter picking at the Manchester Business Park.  This leaves him plenty of time which he puts to good use as he is currently re-landscaping his garden which involves taking down his 24ft x 8ft shed, erecting a new 10ft x 8ft shed and a lean-to.  Married to.Read more

BEST OVERALL AND TWO GOLD AWARDS

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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.Read more

KIRKWOOD HOSPICE

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Over the past two years we have been involved in helping Kirkwood Hospice apply for funding and re landscaping the grounds to their new Inpatient unit, completed in August 2013.  The existing garden has been improved whilst keeping many of the existing features.  A new decking area outside the rooms has been partitioned with timber planters to provide privacy for the patients to enjoy the view to the garden.  A resin bound path and labyrinth allows both wheel chairs and.Read more

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