BACKGROUND

The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust (VAHT) was established in 2006 and is responsible for over 7,000 homes across Aylesbury Town and the Vale, ranging from small clusters in rural villages to large mixed tenure estates.

The Trust’s housing stock is predominantly general needs housing, with a number of sheltered homes, shared ownership homes and leasehold properties.

idverde has been working in partnership with the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust to provide efficient cost-effective grounds maintenance services since 2012 under a seven-year contract.

The contract area covers approximately 900 square kilometres, encompassing the Trust’s housing stock in Aylesbury, along with many of the villages in the surrounding area of Buckinghamshire.

IDVERDE’S ROLE

idverde’s team includes seven permanent and seven seasonal members of staff, many of them multi-skilled, who provide a range of services, including cutting over 455,000m2 of grass, maintaining 21,000m2 of shrubs, and cutting and maintaining over 7,500 linear metres of hedges. There is also an Assisted Gardening scheme, which sees idverde staff visit approximately 100 gardens a month to provide shrub, rose, and flowerbed maintenance.

All of the full-time staff have spraying licences and most have a chainsaw licence, enabling idverde to carry out a range of arboricultural works for the Trust. idverde’s Contract Manager is also an arborist, and carries out tree reports and surveys within the contract area.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

In order to minimise waste on the contract, and in line with idverde’s ISO-14001 accredited Environmental Management System, green waste generated from our operations is mulched and used on shrub beds and other areas throughout the contract.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

VAHT’s vision is to ‘strengthen our communities and improve the lives of local people’, and idverde aims to deliver its services with the ideas and interests of local communities at the forefront. During the life of the contract to date, idverde has lent its support to a number of organisations, such as schools and scout groups, including donating time and labour to help Pebble Farm School create an urban farm on a patch of disused ground. We have also donated prizes for the VAHT gardening competition and been involved in the judging process, and have worked with Lindengate, a local charity which offers gardening activities to help those with mental health in their continuing recovery.