Landscape Group buys Wyevale grounds business

A "branding discussion" will take place following the Landscape Group's takeover of Wyevale Grounds Maintenance and Landscapes.

The Landscape Group - which encompasses English Landscapes Limited and English Landscapes Maintenance - has finalised a deal with the firm that will take its turnover above £50m for the first time.

Negotiations lasted five months after the Landscape Group approached Western Landscapes Limited, trading as Wyevale Landscapes and Wyevale Grounds Maintenance. Although the firm currently has no plans to acquire any other firms, if the "right strategic fit" came along, it would consider making a move, said chief executive Nick Temple-Heald.

The acquisition fits in with the three-pronged strategy that the Landscape Group announced last year when Temple-Heald joined from Glendale. It aims to keep current contracts by providing good service, winning new contracts and carrying out selective acquisitions.

A total of 140 staff will join the group in the takeover. Former Wyevale Landscapes managing director David Brew will be south west regional director. Two more regional directors will be appointed.

"The important thing with any acquisition is to bring some stability for employees," explained Temple-Heald. "We are debating their name and will be having a branding discussion in the next few months."

News of the acquisition follows recent contract wins for English Landscapes Maintenance with Bristol City Council and Basildon District Council.

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