idverde (via its legacy company, Quadron Services) has worked in partnership with The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham since 2008 when Quadron was awarded the borough-wide grounds maintenance services contract for an initial seven-year period. The £3.2m pa contract was extended in 2015, with the contract now due to run until March 2021 as part of the Bi-borough partnership with The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
idverde’s contract with The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham includes the maintenance of the five principal parks using Green Flag principles; the maintenance of 43 other parks, including sports pitches and horticultural features; maintenance of two working cemeteries; open space areas including housing sites; school grounds including sports pitches; cleansing of toilets and changing rooms and the inspection of playgrounds.
The Borough has a number of “Friends of” groups who, in conjunction with the council and idverde, actively participate in the planning of future improvements to parks and open spaces managed by idverde.
During the course of its seven year contract, idverde is fully assisting the Council with the delivery of its Parks and Open Spaces Strategy 2008-18, which has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
In this period, the number of Green Flag accredited parks has also increased from one to 13.
The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has a clear set of strategic priorities for their parks and open spaces. The aim is to improve the quality of life for all people in Hammersmith and Fulham through the provision of award winning parks and open spaces that are clean, green, safe and sustainable, by;
- Protecting Hammersmith and Fulham’s existing parks and open spaces.
- Providing open spaces, play spaces and access to local biodiversity.
- Creating safe, attractive and accessible spaces for all.
- Improving the standard of management and maintenance.
- Actively involving the community in their local open spaces.
- Increasing participation in open spaces.
One of the innovative ways in which idverde is striving to achieve these objectives is by working in partnership with Groundwork, the Environment Regeneration Charity who provide training opportunities for the long-term unemployed. idverde provides the training ground for an average twelve trainees at any one time in Hammersmith and Fulham and has taken on 16 of these as full time employees.
To further improve the standards of maintenance on the contract, and to support Hammersmith Council’s environmental and sustainability aims, idverde has changed from chemical control of weeds to an innovative chemical-free method.
The company now uses the Foamstream system, which uses a hot water and foam solution to treat weeds, with no harmful effects to the environment.