Award sponsors Toro and Reesink Turfcare, an official UK Toro distributor, have announced that John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance are the principle award winners for their sponsored Grounds Maintenance - Limited Public Access category, at the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards.
John O’Conner were announced as the winners at a ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House on 7 December, for its work at Emergency Planning College (EPC), The Hawkhills, a leading provider of high-quality training for public, private and voluntary organisations.
Left to right: Alastair Rowell, Reesink Turfcare, Ronnie Christie and Kasia Kepa from Serco with Neil Cain, Matt O’Conner, Martine Dorrington, Ian Pitkin, Simon Pannel, Heather Eaton and John O’Conner from John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance
John O’Conner received the award with its client Serco after an adjudicator visited the college and reviewed the grounds to see first-hand the excellent management employed and the work of the on-site staff at the 240-acre estate, which includes landscaped gardens, woods and natural parklands.
Managing director at John O’Conner, Matt O’Conner, who coincidentally happens to be the BALI chairman, said, “We’re delighted that EPC has been awarded the principle award in its category at the BALI National Landscape Awards. This is the result of a strong partnership with our client and shows what can be achieved when you work hand-in-hand to improve standards.
“Credit must of course go to our on-site staff who have worked so hard to deliver exemplary standards on this prestigious site. It is a great example of the high level of service that we deliver for our customers day in and day out.”
With tough competition for the award, the project impressed the judges with the level of skill and professionalism displayed. One of the judges declared, “The contractor has done a great deal to improve standards in the grounds of this important venue. Client satisfaction is high, and they are aware that as standards increase, staffing and budgets must follow to maintain the overall look of the site. Regardless, this is a very impressive scheme and a credit to the efforts of the contractor’s on-site staff.”
The award was presented to John O’Conner by Reesink Turfcare’s Alastair Rowell, in front of an audience of over 1000 BALI members and guests at the 42nd annual awards. The runner-up and fellow national award winner in the category, announced in September, was Gavin Jones for Brompton Barracks - Royal School of Military Engineers.
Alastair Rowell, Reesink accounts manager for grounds concludes: “We are very proud to sponsor this award with Toro and have the opportunity to commend the most exciting and progressive landscaping projects. As Toro is renowned for its innovation in groundscare equipment, we have a keen interest in helping to shape the future of the turfcare and landscaping industry. We are thrilled to have seen John O’Conner win this award and congratulate all those involved with this year’s winning project.”