Aspire Landscape Management
Introducing Aspire Landscape Management
Ashford Borough Council (ABC) has brought the responsibility for grounds maintenance across the borough back in-house.
The new service, called Aspire Landscape Management, will cover the day-to-day work of mowing, pruning, planting, clearing and litter picking on various spaces owned by the council including open green space, parks, floral beds, cemeteries, areas around housing sites, hedges, sports pitches and associated footpaths.
The service is also working with Kent County Council (KCC) Highway Services on areas of work that we can perform in order to maintain quality standards. Until now, this work was undertaken by Landscape Services, but from this autumn it will come under the responsibility of ABC.
This initiative is a key part of delivering the adopted Land Management Improvement Plan, which aims to make the borough a pleasant and enjoyable place to live, work, visit and enjoy.
By enhancing Ashford’s overall appearance and attractiveness we aim to raise civic pride and make the borough more attractive for residents, visitors and businesses.
Improving borough presentation
The new in-house service will give us greater flexibility as we will be able to move resources where they are needed most, with an ability to be more fluid with changing priorities. It will also be more cost effective.
This links to Priority 4 of the Corporate Plan – Attractive Ashford, where the council’s aspiration is to achieve an environment that creates higher standards of public space design, alongside improved standards of presentation of key green spaces.
The Land Management Improvement Plan therefore aims to tackle these issues, with one of the key components being the in-house grounds maintenance service.
The new depot
Since receiving planning approval from the council in July, Gallagher Properties have been redeveloping the former Rimmel factory site at Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, which has been derelict for nearly a decade after it was destroyed by fire.
The plans for the site include the Aspire Landscape Management grounds maintenance depot, a ready-mix concrete plant and 70,000ft2 of industrial warehouse units. Overall, the development is expected to create at least two hundred jobs.
Feedback from residents:
“I saw the guys out this week maintaining the landscape at Drovers through to Trinity Road. I have never seen the landscape so professionally cut and with no debris left around. The street scene is incredible. Aspire’s start bodes well for the future.”
“Please pat your man on the back and say great job!”
“Thank you – an excellent piece of work.”
“Marvellously done, thank you so much.”
“Thank you ever so much for the really great job your guys did on the garden on Friday. We called in there in the early evening and were amazed at the transformation, so clean and open and bright!”
“I would like to thank you for the work that your operatives carried out today in Church Road… Would you kindly extend my gratitude to the operatives who worked to a high standard and ensured that pedestrians could pass safely whilst works were carried out.”
"I must say that this is a great start for you and your team and just proves what having a local operation does for the borough"
Aspire Landscape Management
Carlton Business Park
Kent TN23 1EF