Park biodiversity focus continues as contractor retained for new five-year grounds maintenance deal

The Landscape Group has been re-awarded the five-year grounds maintenance contract for Stratford Park and Brimscombe Cemetery in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

The company held the previous contract since 2008 and will start the new one on 1 December. The park has won Green Flags for ten consecutive years.

Chair of Stroud District Council’s community services committee councillor June Cordwell said the park was "one of the jewels in the crown of this district."

"The Landscape Group team have worked hard to make this happen and I’m sure they will continue their excellent work in the years to come.

The 22ha park features an ornamental lake, arboretum, mixed woodland and other open spaces and has become a benchmark site within The Landscape Group’s portfolio.

It has devised a biodiversity strategy for the park and promoted natural habitats for wildlife. The improvements in the park have been led by contract supervisor Mike McCrea, who has ornithology and entomology expertise.

He writes monthly biodiversity newsletters and annual bird reports and conducts regular guided walks through the park.

The team in Stratford Park has also developed close relationships with other park organisations such as the Museum in the Park – through which McCrea runs his guided nature walks – and Stroud College, whose students participate in horticultural activities in the park.

The Landscape Group regional operations director David Brew said: "Over the course of the previous contract, Stroud District Council’s progressive approach to biodiversity management has enabled us to make a number of changes to grounds maintenance regimes which have yielded excellent results.

"New wildlife species are being recorded year on year and public interest in the wildlife of the park is also rising significantly."


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