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Green space expert? Rutland needs you

Rutland County Council is recruiting for new grounds maintenance and forestry partners to help manage its thriving arboriculture requirements

Rutland is England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county and certainly lives up to its motto: multum in parvo (much in little).

Rutland County Council manages more than 400,000sqm of grass located within the towns, villages, open public spaces and churchyards of the beautiful county. It also maintains more than 700km of rural verges that include sensitive areas such as sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs), verges containing glow worms and more than 150,000sqm of protected verges that all require different methods of specialist attention.

In addition, Rutland County Council manages more than 80,000 trees. The works required include the removal of epicormic growth, crown thinning, vegetation clearance and planting.

The details
Rutland County Council is procuring its grounds maintenance services contract and forestry services contract, respectively, with the tenders due to go live 1st December 2022. Award is due in July 2023 with the contracts to commence 1st January 2024. Each contract will be for an initial term of five years with the option to extend for (up to) an additional two years: 5+1+1 = 7 yrs (maximum).

The council’s ground maintenance requirements include grass cutting; maintaining hedges, shrubs and borders, and other grounds maintenance tasks typical of a local authority. The estimated lifetime contract value is: 5+1+1 = 7. Excluding VAT: £3,400,000.

The council’s forestry requirements include planned, reactive and specialist arboricultural services, such as responding to emergency tree falls. The estimated lifetime contract value is 5+1+1 = 7. Excluding VAT: £751,000. This procurement is planned to take place via YPO 881 Grounds Maintenance Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) - ref: RCC GM f-c 2022 YPO 881.

How to apply
Interested parties should email or visit as soon as possible to learn more about the qualification process and timescale to join the DPS in readiness for this procurement.

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