Tree gangs from one of the UK's biggest privately owned arboriculture contractors have swung into action across Belfast after a recent contract win.
"This tree services contract is currently the largest of its kind in Ireland," said Clarke Cunningham Tree Maintenance (CCTM) business development manager Rodney Shortell.
Since winning the work at the end of last year, nearly 20 staff each day have been tackling trees on roadside verges or in parks and cemeteries, he added. The five-year contract is worth around £500,000 a year.
"We have been the sitting contractor since 2001 so this is really a steady-as-she-goes type of arrangement," Shortell explained. "This continuity of tenure has been achieved only by dint of big investment in training, equipment and management of the contract."
CCTM was set up 30 years ago by Clarke Cunningham as a two-strong team. The company now has 50 staff and a £2.5m turnover from domestic and commercial tree care, consultancy and saw-mill operations.
Four years ago, the business was bought by Richardson Holdings, which has interests in sports ground surfaces, golf course construction and improvement, landscaping and grounds maintenance.
"We are an Arboricultural Association-approved contractor, one of only two contractors in Ireland to hold such status," said Shortell.
The business has ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001 accreditations for an integrated business-management system.
£500k - The annual value of Clarke Cunningham Tree Maintenance's five-year tree-care contract in Belfast.