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National Grounds Week

It’s National Grounds Week, which highlights the vital role grounds staff play in keeping green spaces accessible and making sport possible.

It is sometimes difficult to see what people in the grounds sector do, and green spaces can often be taken for granted, almost as if they are maintained by magic. However, the wealth of expertise involved in creating a green space arena is vast.

Chequers, our social housing and grounds maintenance business, is supporting the week and driving awareness of how skilled this industry is.

A lot of expertise is required to keep our green spaces clean and green and growing, and grounds management is expected to be more challenging in the future, due to limited resources and budgets, and less predictable weather conditions that will make planning tasks more difficult.

Naomi Childe, Chequers’ director of grounds and landscaping, said: ‘Chequers is a specialist business and our people are trained to ensure they all reach LANTRA certification standards.

‘We provide customers with solutions for their green spaces by providing bespoke designs to meet their needs, whether that be regenerating an area of land for residents to enjoy, or helping customers with sustainability requirements, such as installing beehives and creating wild meadow areas.’