Grounds maintenance firm targets Humber for growth

Countrywide Grounds Maintenance focusing its expansion in the Humber area and beyond.

A grounds-maintenance contractor with a host of big-name clients is expanding its operations in the north of England.

Countrywide Grounds Maintenance (CGM) is focusing its expansion in the Humber area and beyond.

"We are rapidly expanding in the south Humber, Doncaster and Lincolnshire areas," said a representative from the firm, which is currently recruiting a trainee contracts manager as part of its expansion plan.

CGM, which has been maintaining grounds for more than 25 years, has around 50 regional offices and maintains thousands of sites. It is one of the largest grounds-maintenance companies in the country, with a client list that includes English Heritage, BASF, Aston Martin, BUPA, the NHS and Amazon.

"In today's business environment, every company needs to have a competitive edge and to have well-maintained grounds echoes the standing of that company," added the firm's representative. "We work on a single or multi-site operation."

Recent coveted project wins include a job for English Heritage involving a detailed specification for the grounds and surrounds of six sites, the main one being the 13th century Cistercian Hailes Abbey founded in 1246 in Gloucestershire.

Another recent client win is a contract to manage horticultural care at the 25ha Tottenham Cemetery.

Successful project bids - Cemeteries and crematoria contracts

Countrywide Grounds Maintenance (CGM) recently won a job from Dignity to manage horticultural care at Tottenham Cemetery, which opened in 1858 and covers approximately 25ha. It features two chapels, a large lake and rolling grounds, which were in a very poor state.

"They have now been brought back to the condition the customer and members of the public expect. This was done by mobilising a team of four full-time grounds-maintenance operatives who systematically brought the grounds up to a very high standard," said the firm.

CGM also started an ecology plan on the site to encourage wildlife and enhance habitats. Tottenham is one of several cemeteries managed by the firm. Others include Haltemprice Crematorium in Hull and Bentley Crematorium in Brentwood, Essex.

"The Countrywide business now represents a comprehensive national network that has many thousands of customers."

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