Nurture Landscapes feels Christmas spirit with £5.5m pub chain win

Hanging basket production at Nurture's Lancashire nursery
Hanging basket production at Nurture's Lancashire nursery

Nurture Landscapes has doubled its work with national pub and restaurant chain The Spirit Group after winning a five-year contract for grounds maintenance and provision of hanging baskets and bedding worth in excess of £5.5 million.

The contract covers 691 sites and stretches from Plymouth to Felixstowe and up to Glasgow and Edinburgh, and replaces a previous contract Nurture inherited when it bought Park View Landscapes in June 2012, for pubs and restaurants in Scotland, the north of England and part of the Midlands.

PHS previously held the contract to service sites in the rest of the country.

Nurture will provide 4,839 hanging baskets, changed twice a year in May and October, and over 2,000 planted troughs.

Managing director Peter Fane said he was delighted at the win and added that Rishton-based contract manager Nick Hills was instrumental in securing the deal.

"Clearly we’ve done an OK job because they decided to award us the rest of the contract so that’s great. It opens up other opportunities for other hanging basket contracts as we will be able to offer economies of scale."

The Spirit Group includes the Chef & Brewer, Fayre & Square, Flaming Grill, John Barras and Taylor Walker brands.

Around 90 Taylor Walker pubs are located in close concentration in central London which will, Fane said, lead to the need for recruitment.

Nurture will also increase growing capacity at its in-house nursery in Lancashire.

In addition Nurture’s Gayle Pugh will become a full-time dedicated customer service liaison with the client.

The company has grown rapidly in the past with nine acquisitions over four years, most recently Grantham-based Greenability in November.

Fane said he would like to "push forward in the south west and in Scotland" and he would keep his eyes open for further acquisition opportunities there. However after takeovers in August and November he is happy to wait until Spring before taking a serious look.

Nurture Landscapes is based in Windlesham, Surrey. It focuses on private-sector clients but also works with schools, hospitals and housing associations.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer