Grounds maintenance and landscape specialist idverde has won an innovative 16-year deal with Warwick District Council to make the authority’s street cleansing and parks maintenance carbon-neutral by 2025.
Driven by a £400,000 investment by idverde in electrification and zero-emission assets, the deal starting next April, is being led by the partnership’s commitment to sustainability.
Twenty-eight square kilometres of green space will be maintained by idverde, using a range of electric and zero-emission tools, from handsaw and mowers to ride-on tractors. The green spaces include many of the council’s parks, including:
- Jephson Gardens in Leamington – awarded Green Flag Award status for 14 years in a row;
- Crackley Wood in Kenilworth – ancient semi-natural woodland is also a Green Flag Awards site;
- Oakley Wood in Bishop's Tachbrook – 116-acre plantation woodland with Green Flag status;
- St Nicholas Park next to the River Avon; and
- Abbey Fields in Kenilworth – a historical 68-acre park that is home to the remains of St Mary’s Abbey, spacious grassland and a lake and a stream.
Saul Huxley, idverde’s organic development director, said: “As councils and businesses continue to embrace sustainable objectives, we believe this type of contract is pioneering and industry-leading because it’s built around high performance and climate change.
“The sheer size of the areas being covered by this partnership is testament to the council’s commitment to the care and the maintenance of their green spaces and pursuing a sustainable agenda.”
Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger, the council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhood services, said: “Having worked with idverde for many years during which we have received a number of awards, we are confident in their ability to fulfil the strict environmental objectives we will be setting them in our ambition to become carbon-neutral by 2025.”