On a wet and muddy Friday in March, Continental Landscapes donated time to working in the grounds of Binfield CE Primary School. Previously a piece of unused waste ground within then school, our dedicated staff members helped clear the site, in preparation for it to become a calming, spiritual area for the children to enjoy.
On the 13th of March we were greatly helped in our annual winter rose pruning by keen volunteers. In partnership with Groundwork, we worked together to prune back all the roses in Paddington Street Gardens, Westminster, to encourage healthier growth ready for the summer.
We are always keen to help support charities and organisations which endeavour to help nature. As part of being a responsible contractor, we have enrolled as Hedgehog Heroes with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society to raise awareness of the potential damage which can be caused by gardening machinery to hedgehogs. As with last year, we are joining in with the BHPS’s Hedgehog Awareness Week, and we have helped our clients at the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and Wandsworth Council to do the same.
Our management team in Scotland are proud to announce that they recently won a tender bid to install a series of bridges on the River Avon Heritage Trail in the Falkirk/West Lothian region. Working on behalf of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, we will be helping to improve access across the Trail, and will be sourcing locally-produced timber as part of the project.
At the end of January, 6 members of staff at our Kendal depot received refresher training in Safety in the Burial Process from industry-leading trainer Dunn and Co. We spent 3 days with Ron Dunn reviewing the full burial process, from locating and marking graves, digging and shoring, through to leaving the grave in a tidy and respectful condition after the funeral. The course was heavily practical-based, and all staff passed the course.
Every year we offset our company’s carbon emissions by planting trees. This year, we have planted 3,462 whips at several of our contract locations, one of which was Kendal, Cumbria. Our operatives and managers spent the week planting up various sites across the Kendal with mixed native broadleaf species, chosen for their suitability for the sites and benefits to wildlife. On Friday the 17th of February, we were joined by staff from South Lakeland District Council, students from Kirkbie Kendal 6th Form and volunteers from Kendal Conservation Volunteers and Friends of Noble’s Rest to plant up one site at Kendal Castle. Everyone works really hard, and 650 trees were planted in just over two hours.
CLL and Bracknell Forest Council work together to help struggling pollinators with wildflower areas at Bracknell bus station
Our pollinating insects are in decline, through loss of nectar-rich flowering habitats from both rural and urban areas. In order to help create new areas for pollinators to feed, Continental Landscapes sponsored an area of Bracknell Bus Station to install wildflower meadow areas. Working in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council, we stripped some of the grass banking near the underpass and replaced with wildflower meadow turf, and oversowed with wildflower seed mix. We also designed and installed an interpretation panel to better inform Bracknell’s residents of why the work was carried out, and what species they could expect to see. We will continue to manage the site on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council to continue keeping the site pollinator-friendly.
Continental Landscapes helped St. Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice raise almost £5,000 earlier this month by recycling Christmas trees from their collections across Lincolnshire. The money raised from this service will help the hospice to continue caring for terminally ill people across Lincolnshire. You can read the full story at The Lincolnite
Continental Landscapes helped out St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston, Cumbria, on Saturday the 14th of January by donating staff and a van to help them collect Christmas trees to raise funds for themselves and other local charities. This enabled the hospice to raise around £3,000 in donations, which will help support people in the South Lakeland and Barrow-in-Furness areas who suffer from life-limiting illnesses.
Continental Landscapes has recently joined in partnership with Achieving for Children in Richmond, an organisation that helps the less able achieve their best. As a result we will have a young person performing basic duties alongside one of our staff members for two days a week in one of our parks. To find out more about what they do, visit http://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk