Grounds maintenance and landscape creation specialists, idverde, starts work with Warwick District Council today under a pioneering contract, which will see the authority’s street cleansing and ground maintenance work become carbon neutral by 2025.
Driven by a major £400,000 investment by idverde in electrification and zero-emission assets, the 16-year contract is being driven by the partnership’s commitment to sustainability.
The contract sees 28 sq km of green space being maintained by idverde, using a range of electric and zero-emission tools, from handsaw and mowers to ride-on tractors. The green spaces include many of the council’s flagship parks, including:
- Jephson Gardens in Leamington – awarded Green Flag Park status for 14 years in a row
- Crackley Wood in Kenilworth – ancient semi-natural woodland is also a Green Flag site
- Oakley Wood in Bishop’s Tachbrook – 116-acre plantation woodland with Green Flag status
- St Nicholas Park in Warwick – established family-focused park in the heart of Warwick, next to the River Avon
- Abbey Fields in Kenilworth – historical 68-acre park, which is home to the remains of St Mary’s Abbey, spacious grassland and a lake and a stream
Saul Huxley, idverde’s Organic Development Director said: “As councils and businesses continue to embrace sustainable objectives, we believe this type of contract is pioneering and industry-leading because it’s built around high performance and climate change.
“The sheer size of the areas being covered by this partnership is testament to the council’s commitment to the care and the maintenance of their green spaces and pursuing a sustainable agenda.
“We are proud to be leading the way in such innovative partnerships, that place carbon neutrality at its core, that benefit the community and the environment.”
Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger, Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services said: “We are very pleased to have awarded this important new contract to idverde. Having worked with them for many years during which we have received a number of awards, we are confident in their ability to fulfil the strict environmental objectives we will be setting them in our ambition to become carbon neutral by 2025.”