Grounds Maintenance: Dogs for Good, Banbury

4th Corner have taken on a new contract after being approached by Dogs for Good at the beginning of summer.

Dogs for Good are a non-profit organisation based in Banbury who train dogs to help people affected by disability, dementia, autism, and other conditions and mental-health challenges, enabling them to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. Their work opens doors, connects people, and brings families together, and their dogs help to make everyday life possible for many people across the UK.

Our Grounds Maintenance Team were approached by Sarah Knight at the start of the season to complete a one-off job mowing their overgrown dog-walking lawn, which was preventing volunteers from being able to walk the dogs safely. In some areas of the large, open fields, the grass stood at over a metre high!

After completing these works with some very satisfied customers, we were invited to take on a contract until the end of the summer season.

As well as maintaining the grass, we were asked to tidy up the shrubs and hedges surrounding the front entrance and reception area, and transform their pond area by cutting off snapped tree branches and strimming back overgrown plants.

One of the most challenging jobs that we undertook was their overgrown car park. Out-of-control hedges were blocking disabled parking bays and accessible spaces, which proved to be a problem for the charity’s clientele. We reduced the hedge to almost half its size, taking away 5 feet of growth to enable staff and customers to access the site safely again.

More on Dogs for Good

Dogs for Good’s mission is to create “a world in which everyone and every community is able to benefit from the help of a trained dog.” They provide a range of different services to help those experience disabilities and other conditions. Their assistance, community, and family dogs all help to improve people’s independence, well-being, and life skills.

  • They train and support community dogs and their specialist handlers to work in activity and therapy in communities and schools.
  • They train their assistance dogs to help adults and children lead more independent lives, at home and in the community around them.
  • They provide advice and support to people who want a pet dog that can help them overcome specific challenges within their family.
  • They continually explore new ways that they can help people.

They have also recently started to train activity and therapy dogs to work with specialist handlers in communities and schools.

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