Quadron to teach children how to grow food as part of schools grounds contract

Quadron Services has won three contracts to look after the grounds at several schools in Surrey in a deal that will involve encouraging kids to grow food.

Combined contract value for the three deals is £175,000 and grounds maintenance crews will tackle over 100 sites in Reigate and Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge in the east of the county for four years starting this January.

"In addition to more than 60 schools, Quadron will maintain the grounds at several social services sites, youth centres and fire stations," said a spokeswoman." Jobs include mowing, shrub care, pitch maintenance and marking, leaf and litter clearing."

The company, with clients including local authorities such as Birmingham City Council and housing groups including Paragon Community Housing Association, will encourage children to become interested in horticulture and promote healthy eating by introducing school vegetable plots and planting sessions.

"Quadron’s bid offers regular programmed visits to ensure minimal disruption and high standards of customer care," said a spokesman for the company. "Each Quadron team will have its own allocated group of schools to increase the teams’ ownership of their work and familiarity with each site’s staff and special requirements."

Managing director Clive Ivil said: "We are pleased to add East Surrey’s schools to our portfolio of educational clients and look forward to building a relationship with each of the schools as we develop the service over the coming years."

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