£14m three-borough arboriculture contract win for Gristwood & Toms

Specialist arboricultural services provider Gristwood & Toms has been awarded a single-supplier framework contract jointly procured by three London boroughs: Islington, Waltham Forest and the City of London Corporation.

Image: Gristwood & Toms
Image: Gristwood & Toms

The contract, led by Islington Council, begins in July 2017 and covers all aspects of arboriculture, including pruning, felling and planting of all council-owned trees.

The contractor said the the total term value of the agreement is "up to £14m, with a potential term of seven years".

Islington's tree service manager Jake Tibbetts said: "This joint procurement shows that by working together, councils can reduce costs and resources needed to procure contracts. Whilst the boroughs will call off individual contracts, some aspects of the on-going contract management will be shared, delivering further efficiencies."

Head of sales and marketing at the Hertfordshire-based company Darren Kilby added that under the deal, Gristwood & Toms "will implement mobile technology to improve operative and public safety, and invest in new equipment to enhance standards and productivity."

He added: "We will also support apprenticeships, training and work experience programmes across all contract areas."

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