A Successful 2 years for Aspire
The decision to bring our grounds maintenance service in-house for the borough continues to be a successful one, according to a recent Cabinet report.
Aspire Landscape Management has grown significantly over the past two years from a service that carried out basic landscape tasks into one which includes staff with specialist areas of knowledge who support a wide and varied range of service areas.
Since its inception, Aspire has had numerous enquiries from parishes wishing to contract their grounds work back to them based on the quality and high standard of their work.
In this year alone Aspire have achieved ISO 14001, 9001 and 45001. Not only is it unusual for one ISO to be applied for and achieved by a council service, but to achieve three standards simultaneously is remarkable and an achievement of which the council is incredibly proud.
This year also saw the grounds maintenance team trained in memorial headstone inspections; this risk assessment-led work has become an important part of the team’s routine winter works programme in cemeteries across the borough, and is another example of how certain services can successfully be brought in-house.
In the upcoming year the team will be involved in a variety of exciting projects, including the first stage of an improvement plan for the council allotment sites. They will also be supporting the delivery of events for the Year of the Environment, including assisting in a tree planting programme in North Park, and will be integral in the works programme for the Victoria Park Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
Cllr Clair Bell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Land Management, commented: “Aspire is an outstanding asset to Ashford. The team continue to strive for excellence and are a credit to both the council and residents alike. The team are flexible, engaged and take a genuine pride in their work improving our borough.
“Their success within the borough proves that the council were correct in their decision to bring the grounds maintenance service in-house”