Landscaper benefits from work as other firms go bust

The downturn has proved to have a silver lining for one York landscaping firm after it took over a contract from a firm that had gone bust.

Mark Dean Landscapes won £100,000 of tree planting and landscaping work at a housing scheme in Leeds following the demise of the original appointed company, Landscape Contract Designs (LCD) of York.

HW reported in October that LCD had gone into administration, losing dozens of staff.

"Every cloud has a silver lining," said Mark Dean, who is working on the Swarcliffe regeneration project with a team of four other staff.

Dean will plant 355 trees - such as acers, beech, Prunus, ash, Malus and Pyrus - as part of the seven-week project, which started this month. "It is one of the biggest jobs we've done and we have been doing a lot of work with housing associations and on other social housing," said Dean. "With that type of clientele the budgets are quite sound."

The trees are all being sourced from Hillier Nurseries, with kit for providing irrigation and rootball anchoring supplied by Harrogate-based Amenity Land Solutions.

"The biggest challenge for us so far has been the weather," said Dean. "There have been problems getting the trees out of the ground because it's been frozen through."

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