The Therapies Garden at Northampton General Hospital opening this week...
4th Corner added the final touches to the new Therapies Garden at Northampton General Hospital this week, which will be officially opened on 14th September by Northampton Town Mayor Cllr Gareth Eales. Amanda Ransom 4th Corner Director worked with Alison McCulloch, who leads the “Do It for Dementia Charity” at the hospital and coordinated the fundraising campaign which led to the creation of the Garden. “It’s been a privilege to be able to help with the creation of this garden, an area which will enable patients with dementia to spend time outside, our plant list which included herbs, flowering plants, ferns and shrubs was based on the need to stimulate the senses and bring a sense of well-being.
4th Corner Takeover Buckingham Town Council Contract
In July we started our Grounds Maintenance contract with Buckingham Town Council, stepping in at short notice to take over from the previous contractor. We mobilised this contract within 2 weeks and are now in the process of grass cutting and maintaining the parks and grounds throughout the town.
ISO 9001 : 2015 Certified
We have recently completed the conversion from ISO 9001 : 2008 to 9001 : 2015 and are now fully compliant and certified by QMS.
Our decision to become ISO certified over 3 years ago was part of our ongoing commitment to quality and as such, our rigorous internal and external auditing ensures that these standards are maintained in line with our core values and our quality policy.
After a very detailed analysis of our business, we are delighted to announce that we have been accepted for membership of BALI.
Their ethos is to "promote, support & inspire all professional landscapers, garden designers and landscape suppliers to be leaders of an environmental, ethically and commercially sustainable landscape industry." We are very proud to be part of the leading industry trade association and look forward to working with them and their members.
New Grounds Maintenance Contract...
In March 2017 4th Corner were awarded the contract to provide the Grounds Maintenance services to Advance Housing, Western Region. This contract is particularly rewarding as Advance Housing is a Registered Provider of Social Housing with the Homes & Communities Agency, and a charitable organisation providing housing and support for adults with learning disabilities or mental health issues. 4th Corner have committed to provide a dedicated service to Advance Housing that includes a service which is responsive to the needs of Advance Residents. 4th Corner will offer support to residents through Community Involvement Programme's and work experience packages, giving some residents a chance to experience for themselves the work we carry out.
New Dementia Garden at Northampton General Hospital...
4th Corner Landscaping are delighted to have won the contract to design and plant the new Demenita Garden at Northampton General Hospital. Our specialist knowledge and experience in planting for biodiversity and sensory experience enabled us to deliver a concept that fulfilled the requirements of the brief whilst at the same time, provide a cost effective scheme that made the very most of the valuable funds raised by the charity.
ROLO Training for 4th Corner Operatives
As part of our ongoing commitment to Health & Safety, staff undertook ROLO training in Banbury. The course was supplied through UKHSS and is managed and endorsed by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). All 4th corner staff passed the final test with flying colours. The ROLO (Register of Land-Based Operatives) Scheme raises the standards of Health & Safety and reduces the risks and accidents throughout the industry for anyone who works in land-based sectors. It also encourages employers to keep a record of workers in the industry who achieve a recognized level of competence.
4th Corner Plant Trees to Celebrate HTA New Headquarters
To celebrate the opening of the Horticultural Trades Association’s new offices, an official tree planting ceremony took place at Horticulture House in October. A Malus Evereste and Bramley Apple tree, supplied by nursery Frank P Matthews were planted outside the building in the grounds by 4th Corner Director Julian Ransom.
ASRA Housing Group - Contract Award
4th Corner are proud to have won the Grounds Maintenance Contract to supply our services to the ASRA Housing Group - a leading provider of both housing and regeneration for people and communities across central and southern England. The contract for the Northampton Region was awarded to us in October and work has already begun. “We thoroughly enjoy working with our housing providers, we have a proven track record for excellent resident engagement and look at this contract as an opportunity to increase our presence within this rewarding sector”. Julian Ransom, Director.
Chosen for the Grounds Maintenance at new HTA premises
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has found impressive new premises in Chilton, Oxfordshire, taking residence in October 2016. Soon after securing the premises, 4th Corner were asked to take on the task of getting the gardens and grounds in shape. "We relish the opportunity to be part of the team looking after these impressive facilities and it will be an opportunity for our own landscaping teams to showcase their skills", Julian Ransom, Director.
New Battery Powered Equipment
We have introduced our first range of battery operated equipment. We have kitted out some of our mobile units with the incomparable STIHL brand, including strimmers, hedge cutters and chainsaws. User benefits include lighter machines, lower vibrations and reduced noise, which is good for both our staff and clients. The switch from low emission fuel to battery powered equipment has further reduced our environmental impact and we plan to extend the use to other areas of our business.
Community Project Success at The Frank Wise School, Banbury
Our main community project for 2016, The Wildlife Garden at The Frank Wise School in Banbury, has been a great success. The children had the opportunity to do some gardening on their Enterprise Day, which aims to give pupils access to rich, fulfilling and varied activities in different work orientated situations. In The Wildlife Garden area the children planted flowers with us to mark the opening of the garden, pictures of which you can see below.
National Landscaping Award Success
4th Corner have been awarded a top accolade at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards 2016. We were awarded a commendation for our work on The Orchard Project, a community project for an Oxfordshire Primary School. The winners were announced at the APL awards event in March 2016, and we gained national recognition for our achievement. The awards recognise and promote the very best in landscaping undertaken by APL members in categories that range from smaller soft landscaping projects to contracts of over £250,000.
The Orchard Project
Sibford Gower Endowed Primary School
4th Corner Landscaping completed their community project, The Orchard Project at Sibford Gower Endowed Primary School in May, and it was opened by pupil Harry Gaal on Sunday 7th June. Teachers, pupils and their parents all turned out to see this exciting addition to the school. The Orchard Project now plays a vital role in enabling teaching staff to engage children within an expansive natural environment.
4th Corner feature in HTA News
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and suppliers. We are very pleased to be featured on their Landscaper News page.