Anyone feel like it’s been raining a lot recently? How does your garden grow??

It certainly feels to us like it’s shaping up to be another mild, wet summer this year.  So we started wondering what we could learn about the climate, and how it might be affecting grounds maintenance?

The Met Office published a press release in June showing that it had been one of the wettest Junes on record with 150% of the average monthly rainfall, and temperatures also 1.5degC higher than the average.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2017/wet-and-warm-june-comes-to-a-close

July’s summary from the same website suggests more of the same….“The first half of the month was warm in the south-east but cool in the north-west, and it was mostly warm and sunny on the 17th and 18th, followed by a thundery breakdown.  From the 21st it was wet and often quite cool, with some heavy persistent rain at times especially in the south, while in Scotland and Northern Ireland the weather was mostly bright and showery.”

We look forward to seeing August’s data, but it certainly feels like our teams have had good use out of their waterproofs so far…

So there’s some evidence certainly of interesting weather patterns and a warm, wet summer.

@pasturebase Ireland publish some interesting data on how climate is affecting grass growth and we were struck by the twitter post below showing grass growing rate and how it has varied in the past couple of years.

Whilst it looks like spring 2015 saw faster growth, summer 2016 (May-Aug) overtook 2015, with rapid growth in May in particular.  So far in 2017, it looks like the grass is growing faster again.  OK this is Ireland, not the UK, but here at Envirocare we mow 6759km of grass stripes every week and this feels right to us!

Our Envirocare Grounds Maintenance programmes – Green leaf, Silver leaf, and Gold leaf, are designed to provide more maintenance (and grass mowing!) when things are growing faster, whilst offering our clients a choice about how much work and investment they want to make in the upkeep of their grounds.  Have a look at http://www.envirocarems.co.uk/Packages#.WZaoACiGPIU to see how we adjust our frequency during the season.

We can also tailor packages to suit specific requirements – just let us know if you’re interested in this and we’ll arrange for one of our experts to visit and make recommendations.

 

 

Envirocare awarded prestigious RoSPA GOLD Award for the 7th consecutive year

We’re very proud to announce that we have achieved the RoSPA Gold Medal for the 7th consecutive year!  

The award was made as part of the the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).  This is a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in their 61st year.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards

Well done and thank you to all of our people for their continued to commitment to working safely!

A Gold Star for Friday afternoon!

Here at Envirocare, our teams work really hard to look after our clients – we know how important keeping your grounds looking great is.

Whether the aim is attracting customers, keeping tenants or residents happy, or enhancing quality of life for those who enjoy your grounds, nicely kept outdoor spaces can really make a difference to people’s lives.

So it’s lovely to receive a compliment from one of our top clients – a nationwide provider of housing and care for the over 55s.  One of the home managers in the North East sent us this feedback today:

 Always like to pass on compliments, so like I said, tenants are happy with the gardening, the lads are very accommodating, and help out with different jobs if needed.  We find them very polite and always do a good job …. Gold stars all round

A big thank you for the feedback!  It makes a difference.

Grounds Maintenance UK