Grounds maintenance provider Tivoli Group has fortified its link with English Heritage by taking a new contract covering the South East region.
Tivoli has been working with English Heritage since 2003, delivering high-specification grounds maintenance to celebrated historic sites including Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Yarmouth Castle and Appuldurcombe House.
The new contract, which began on 1st April, runs for an initial five years with an optional two-year extension. The commission includes another 14 landmark locations including Bramber Castle in West Sussex; Waverley Abbey in Surrey: and Bishop’s Waltham Palace, Fort Brockhurst, Southwick Priory, Portsmouth Royal Garrison Church and Wolvesey Palace – all in Hampshire.
English Heritage conserves more than 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites – from world-renowned prehistoric sites to medieval castles and Roman forts to a Cold War bunker. Its locations usually draw about 10 million visitors each year.
Services supplied will include large-scale grass-cutting, aeration works, hedge-cutting, shrub border maintenance, weed control, arboriculture, control and management of invasive weeds, and pond and ditch maintenance. Tivoli will also maintain famous lawns which attract large-scale audiences. This requires an integrated solution for weed and disease management, with top-dressing and overseeding, all of which has to be carried out in accordance with the sites’ historic nature.
Steve Sheath, senior estates manager at English Heritage, said: “English Heritage looks after many nationally important historic gardens and landscapes. Their conservation covers a range of complex responsibilities and we’re incredibly pleased to expand our contract with Tivoli, following almost 20 years’ experience working on English Heritage sites.”
Spencer Rock, Tivoli’s chief operations officer, added: “Maintaining the landscape at these historic sites is an important responsibility, and we are committed to continuously finding innovative and sustainable ways to deliver the highest standards for our client and the wider visiting public.”
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