The contractor, which has worked with the council for two decades, will continue to take care of 97 sites, parks, sports grounds and cemeteries, including 25 Green Flag-accredited parks and greens spaces. This is the second highest number held by a London borough, and third highest by an English local authority. It last won the contract in 2004.
The seven-year contract with seven-year extension option begins in October and will introduce a new post of corporate development and volunteer manager, who will co-ordinate opportunities for structured volunteering sessions in Southwark’s parks.
Quadron idverde has also committed to employing five apprentices on the contract, who will be recruited from the local area and study towards an NVQ Level 2 horticulture qualification.
New kit is also part of the agreement. Environmentally-friendly Polaris Gem electric utility vehicles, electric vans, electric blowers and hedge trimmers are on Quadron idverde’s shopping list for the new contract.
Quadron idverde’s managing director Clive Ivil said: "We are well aware of the council’s emphasis on high quality open spaces that will improve the quality of people’s lives, enhance biodiversity and provide opportunities for all. We look forward to continuing the current high standards of maintenance, while also providing greater partnership working opportunities with community groups, and so ensuring a best value service for Southwark’s residents."
During its time working in Southwark, the contractor has won a BALI Principal Award for Southwark Park in 2014 and Burgess Park in 2013 and a National Award for Dulwich Park in 2010.