Maintenance of the contract’s parks and gardens involves a diverse range of horticultural services in line with the Council’s countryside and gardening events programme. These services include:
• Maintenance of flowerbeds including carpet bedding, 600 hanging baskets and herbaceous borders
• Maintenance of grass areas with regular mowing, edging, turfing, seeding and reinstatement
• Shrub and rose bed maintenance
• conservation of all sports fields and play spaces
• Fine turf works to the area’s many bowling greens, grass cricket wickets, tennis courts and pitch & putt greens
• Application of fertiliser and herbicides, regular watering and an end of season renovation scheme to sports pitches as required
• Extensive hedge and tree planting across all parks and all associated management
• Maintenance of a number of naturalised and ornamental ponds
• Leaf and litter clearance
• Hard surface weed control
• Cemeteries management

The team also undertakes significant hard and soft landscaping works to many of the Council’s ‘community parks’. The Council is working towards creating open, attractive and accessible public spaces that enable the promotion of local groups and the organisation of their own events. One facility that already addresses this ’Green Space Objective’ is the Greenhouse
Gardening Centre at Stapenhill Gardens. The Centre is an educational resource centre promoting environmentally friendly
gardening and environmental enhancement, situated within one of our managed sites.

The Landscape Group idverde has made a full commitment to East Staffordshire’s Carbon Neutral Scheme. Our fleet of vehicles runs on bio diesel which significantly reduces virtually all regulated emissions. Additionally, we fund specific sustainability projects including a tree planting programme, which ensures a carbon neutral footprint to our vehicle fleet for this contract. Other initiatives introduced by the Group include a green waste recycling scheme and significant investment in new plant and machinery.

The success of this contract is not only reflected in its five year extension, but also by a collection of Gold Heart of England in Bloom awards (‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12), Green Flag Awards (‘07- ’12) and a BALI Principal Award in 2008 and 2011 for the Grounds Maintenance of Public Grounds at Stapenhill Gardens.
The team also supports the local community where possible and were awarded with a Community Award by East Staffordshire Police in 2012 for their support of a scheme to transform an area of high antisocial behaviour into a community garden.