In response to increasing financial pressures on public organisations, AmicusHorizon housing association (now Optivo), Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council have taken an innovative approach by working together when sourcing grounds maintenance services.

The three organisations formed a unique grounds maintenance partnership with the primary aim of maximising economies of scale when seeking a new grounds maintenance contractor.  By grouping together and employing a single contractor, working from a unified hub, the partnership has streamlined the delivery of grounds maintenance services in the area. The partnership created one of the largest grounds maintenance contracts in the UK, and sought a contractor that could deliver services on this scale. The savings generated by this approach total over £0.5million per year, saving the District £5million over the 10-year span of the contract.

idverde (previously known as The Landscape Group) is one of the longest established amenity horticulture specialists in the UK and following a competitive tender process the Group was awarded this prestigious contract in Autumn 2012.

idverde started on site in November 2012, and we are now delivering grounds maintenance services throughout the area, which includes all of the parks and seafront flower beds in Hastings and Rother area.

For more information on the three partner organisations please visit:

Hastings Borough Council


Rother District Council