Garden SOS

MWGM recently received a call from one of our contracts regarding a resident who had become too frail to maintain her garden.

The resident’s garden had become overgrown and full of nettles, weeds and rubble to the point she could not access her pathway.

MWGM was only too happy to help in a time of need and sent a team to cut back and clear the area as a goodwill gesture.

Hightown’s Estate and Facilities Manager said:

“We were recently contacted by a tenant in respect of her private garden that she has been unable to tend to over recent months due to ill health. The tenant had no immediate family to assist her and so asked if we could in some way assist. Hightown’s Estates Quality Inspector for the Estate approached our current grounds maintenance contractor to establish if they could assist, Mark Walker did not hesitate in offering their services to cut back the garden, including the removal of debris and rubble free of charge as a goodwill gesture. The tenant was very appreciative of this and on completion of the work personally thanked the contractors and was moved to tears by the end result. We at Hightown would personally like to thank MW for this kind gesture which has made an enormous difference not only to the garden but to the tenant as well. This is further example of Mark Walker’s continued professionalism and excellent communication with our tenants.”

 

 

Mark Walker GM delivers a knockout service

This month MWGM supplied a van and necessary tools to St Albans Amateur Boxing Club to assist in the preparation of their grounds for their annual Awards and BBQ.

The works were carried out by one of our Operatives  Nathan,  who did an excellent job in cutting the grass and hedges in preparation.

As the Club relies on donations, Mark Walker GM was only too happy to assist in what we do best which was appreciated by John Murphy the President, Committee, Trustees and all the Coaching staff.

Blood, Sweat and Cheers!!!!

National Blood week was held between 19th-25th June and is aimed at getting more people to donate blood.  Last week, we asked all our staff if they would like to sign up to the blood and organ register. We are pleased to say that a large number of staff have registered as organ donors and have also booked appointments to give blood.

Kristian Melson, the companies Compliance Manager has also registered to give platelets every 2 weeks as they are in such short supply. Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding so are very useful in cancer patients and after major traumas. Did you know a platelet donation can take up to 90 minutes?!

If you would like to register as an organ donor, please click here

To register to give blood or to book your next donation, please click here

ISO 9001

Mark Walker GM are pleased to announce that we have been certified to the new ISO 9001 (2015) standard. The new standard emphasises the need for structured risk management and understanding each customers needs and expectations. Being certified so soon after its launch shows a commitment from everyone in the company to delivering a quality service for all.

Merry Christmas!

Everyone at Mark Walker (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd would like to wish all our clients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are shut from Thursday 22nd December and return on Tuesday 3rd January. Access to emails will be limited in this time and we will respond on our return.

For Christmas this year we chose to send electronic Christmas cards to customers and suppliers and donate the money typically spent to Help for Heroes and Cancer Research UK. 

We Have A New Number!

We have now changed our phone number to 0333-220-5485 to make it easier for you to call us.  Calls to this number are free and come out of your inclusive minutes if using a mobile. If you are based in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Essex, Kent or London, give us a call to discuss your grounds maintenance needs.

Please note you can still call our previous number 01438 716 068 to get through.

Green Waste Recycling

All of our green waste is shredded into a fine mulch which is used on agricultural land. It is an environmentally friendly way of reusing the earths resources in a positive way.  See below for a collection of pictures of the shredding taking place as well as the mulch being applied to the fields.

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Christmas Donations

Once again we opted to send e-cards instead of posting Christmas cards to all of our clients as it is environmentally friendlier. The money saved was donated to the Essex Wildlife Trust and Pensford Field Environmental Trust. Click on the links to find more about these worthy causes.

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Protecting the environment one day at a time!


 

Mark Walker Grounds Maintenance is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and below are some of the ways we are working towards it.

  • Our office is fitted with solar panels and the excess renewable energy generated over the last 18 months can boil over 26,000 kettles! (That’s a lot of tea)

 

  • We have invested in a new pool car which emits 98g/km co2 and purchased 3 new vans to replace old less environmentally friendly vehicles. With new scheduling technology, we are now able to make our maintenance routes more economic by working out their shortest possible routes.  As a result the average MPG of each vehicle is 5% better than last year.

 

Mark Walker complies with BSI ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), and will continue to be environmentally friendly in years to come as we love our green earth and hope you do too.

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If you’re  interested in what we can offer, please contact us or call on 01438 716 068

Training

A break from our winter gritting has allowed us to undertake some in-house refresher training.

Our Supervisors have over 60 years of horticultural experience and they have been sharing their horticultural knowledge and best practice to improve the proficiency of our work force. Training has covered specific machinery as well as general maintenance techniques which our Operatives will use when undertaking extensive shrub border maintenance over winter that will include thinning, reducing, separating, and formative pruning of shrubs and hedges. If you want to know what we are up to, feel free to talk to one of the team members on site. Just remember to bring the tea! 🙂