Keeping Fenland's parks and gardens spick and span - five-year £2.5 million open spaces contract begins

PUBLISHED: 15:36 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:36 24 November 2015

Purple patch: ISSs Marc Pykett (left) with cllr Peter Murphy, Bob Ollier, FDCs  open spaces manager, and ISS staff in Wisbech Park

Purple patch: ISSs Marc Pykett (left) with cllr Peter Murphy, Bob Ollier, FDCs open spaces manager, and ISS staff in Wisbech Park

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A fleet of vehicles have begun looking after all of Fenland's open spaces as part of a five-year £2.5 million contract.

The vehicles have been supplied by Fenland District Council’s new grounds maintenance contractor ISS Facility Services Landscaping, who took over the contract from The Landscape Group at the beginning of November.

The core works will cover a broad range of grounds services including the maintenance of grassed areas, herbaceous borders, hedges, bowling greens and equipped play areas.

Additional services to be delivered will include tree works, woodland and copse management and the undertaking of specific operations for special events such as the Chatteris Festival and the Wisbech Yule Fayre.

Cllr Peter Murphy, FDC’s cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “The handover has gone very smoothly.

“November is a relatively quiet time for horticulture, but the ISS team has already settled in well and is getting to grips with all its various tasks.”

Marc Pykett, ISS’s area operations manager, said: “We are committed to doing a great job keeping Fenland’s open spaces looking special throughout the year.”

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