National green service provider Glendale has been supporting the Environment Agency carrying out vital vegetation management on watercourses across the south west region.
Throughout the summer, experienced teams from Glendale worked alongside teams from the Environment Agency in order to manage the risk of flooding on the region’s river network.
The services included grass and vegetation management, as well as inspections and maintenance to weirs, bridges, fences and culverts and the management of invasive weeds such as Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort.
Glendale’s specialists were called upon to undertake a wide range of disciplines from hand cutting in rivers, to grass cutting with remote controlled mowers and minor civil engineering works.
The contract employs 15 team members. These are expected to continue into the winter season carrying out woodland management, vegetation clearance, hedge paring and arboricultural services as part of the Environment Agency’s flood monitoring scheme.
Terry Doyle, regional director for the south west, comments: “We are uniquely placed here in the south west to offer a region wide service to the Environment Agency and 2016 has been our busiest year yet.
“We have worked hard to nurture an excellent relationship between the operational teams from both organisations allowing the staff to work to both our own and our client’s operating systems efficiently and effectively delivering a seamless service.
“Each member of the team holds relevant NPTC competency certificates, various vocational qualifications in countryside and land management, as well as a level two in water safety and emergency planning.
“With 250 members of staff employed across the region we are in a position to react to the needs of the river network at short notice. Flexibility is key to the success of such a huge project like this and we are happy to move with the demands of the service on a daily basis.”
Glendale have worked with the Environment Agency in the south west as part of a framework agreement since 2009.
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