London borough awards £5m contract

Contractor wins five-year contract to look after 27,000 trees

A five-year contract to look after more than 27,000 street trees in a west London borough has been awarded to a company that grew out of the council itself. Cardinal has its roots in Ealing Borough Council’s old direct services organisation and already holds term contracts such as grounds maintenance. The new job is worth around £1 million a year. The company, based in Greenford, is part of Kellogg Brown & Root which in turn is part of the giant Halliburton company. Contract manager Andy Forrester said: “One of the key things we shall be doing is taking the green waste from the trees and recycling it as compost and organic material to be used in the area. “We will be using Ealing Tree Service as a brand name and are able to use the Ealing council logo.” Since winning the contract, Cardinal has been acquiring new kit including Iveco vehicles, Vermeer stump grinders and chippers, and is putting in place staff training schemes. The council’s head of arboriculture Jan Poinik said: “We look forward to an effective partnership to improve our tree servicing for the borough’s residents.”

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