Royal Parks looks at shared bedding contract for its sites

Royal Parks is looking for contractors to supply bedding plants for its eight parks on a five-year contract worth around £1m a year.

The current Royal Parks nursery contract, due to come to an end in July 2012, is fulfilled by a single provider. But the agency is now considering the possibility of offering the contract to a series of growers in and around London.

To explore the range of options before officially putting the contract out to tender, Royal Parks is carrying out a market sounding exercise and asking general and specialist nursery providers of varying sizes to submit ideas on how they could contribute to the contract. Ideas should be registered online by 4 March.

Royal Parks has also published a prospectus detailing the needs of each park. This is designed to help growers properly consider whether they would have the necessary resources to participate in the new contract.

The formal procurement process will be launched in the spring, following an analysis of responses to the market survey. Royal Parks anticipates appointing the new contractor or contractors by the summer on a five-year term with the option to extend by two years.

The eight Royal Parks are made up of 5,000ha of green space and 13 playgrounds distributed across the capital city in St James's Park, Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Green Park, Brompton Cemetery, Bushy Park, Richmond Park and Greenwich Park.

For further information and a prospectus, interested nursery providers should contact Sarah Blyth on 0300 061 2124 or email

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