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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 high quality Business Park on a 10 hectare site situated to the South West of Sunderland city centre and North East of Durham city centre and is maintained by the Grace Landscapes Ltd team of Tom Tomlinson helped in the summer by Terry Ford.    

Feedback from the judge stated “The Park was a delight to view and was very worthy of an Award.”  He further commented that all the main areas of the Park were maintained to a high standard, bleeding out to be more natural on the perimeters providing a smooth transition into the adjacent nature reserve. Both the Park Manager and Grace Landscape staff are very enthusiastic and show immense pride in Park giving a very good impression and well-presented scheme for the Inspection. 

The original landscape design was developed in keeping with the planning brief to complement the adjacent nature reserve.  The Evolve building, which neighbours the reserve, has a predominately native design with native trees and shrubs alongside structure planting, native hedgerows and wildflower seeding. The village area is more ornamental with herbaceous planting intermingling with shrubs, climbers and formal hedging.  The added addition of two ponds located in the village area and directly opposite the Evolve building adds to the diversity. Development plots are maintained as wild meadow areas with grass cutting carried out on 2 occasions per year between February – March and October to accommodate the abundance of wildlife which are regular visitors to the park. This diverse landscape of the park requires the Grace maintenance team to be highly qualified as many skills are required to keep the site in pristine condition. Encouraging wildlife comes at a cost and the maintenance is made more difficult with the abundant variety of animals making the park their home. Linnets nest on site from April to August mainly in the Lonicera in the Evolve car park.  Weasels live and feed permanently on the site and though they keep the numbers of rodents and rabbits down they have little impact on the number of brown hares.  Ducks enjoy the facilities The Village pond has to offer, as does a visiting heron who poaches the goldfish. 

CBRE Park Manager Danny McLaughlan is always complementary of the that way the Grace Landscapes team take ownership of the site, reading up to improve their knowledge and the service.  Danny stated “many of the tenants decided on Rainton due to the high quality of the landscaping.”   

The site has been awarded Gateshead MBC trophy for Best Business Park, Gold medals in Northumbria Bloom on 4 separate occasions and was part of the Sunderland section of the Britain in Bloom award trail.

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