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    How to Become an Arborist

    ​Ever thought of working in the great outdoors, helping the environment, and doing something you can see and be proud of at the end of each day? If so, becoming an arborist might be just the job for you. An arborist, also known as a tree surgeon, is someone who looks after trees. They work hard, learn a lot, and spend their days in the fresh air. It’s a job that can bring real satisfaction. So, welcome to the life of an arborist. Here are a few pointers on how you can get started on this rewarding career path in the UK.Starting with the Basics: EducationWhile there’s no absolute educational requirement to become an arborist, having certain qualifications can significantly enhance your prospects in this industry. Most employers value candidates who have completed their GCSEs and A-levels. For those looking to dive deeper, pursuing an undergraduate degree in environmental science, horticulture, or a similar field can be quite beneficial.For those who prefer a more hands-on approach rather than university, numerous college courses can provide the practical skills and knowledge you need. These include certificates in Arboriculture, Work-based Trees and Timber, Felling and Processing Trees, and diplomas in Forestry and Arboriculture. Usually, these courses require two to five GCSEs, including English and maths.Learn and Earn: ApprenticeshipsApprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to gain real-world experience while also earning an income. As an apprentice, you will learn the ropes of the industry from experienced professionals, gaining insights that are not always available in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, here at Glendale, we’re known for our award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which provides a particularly enriching experience. We believe in nurturing talent and encouraging the growth of our team members from within the company. Over the years, many of our apprentices have blossomed into some of the best arborists in the country, assuming managerial positions and further developing their skills. This commitment to professional development, coupled with our impressive track record, highlights Glendale’s apprenticeship scheme as an exceptional pathway for getting your foot in the door of this industry.Unlike finishing an educational course and then having to hunt for job opportunities, we usually offer our apprentices continued roles within the company. This means that even as you’re learning, you’re already part of a team that values your skills and contribution.By choosing an apprenticeship with Glendale, you’re not just learning how to become an arborist, you’re also setting up your future. And the prospects for growth don’t stop at the completion of your apprenticeship. If you’re ambitious and hardworking, there are plenty of opportunities to move up the ranks and take on more responsibility within a leading arboriculture company. This is more than just an apprenticeship – it’s your first step in a fulfilling career journey with Glendale.This path not only equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge but also instils a sense of professional confidence that is vital in this industry. Explore the apprenticeships at Glendale, earn as you learn, and lay the foundation for a thriving career as an arborist.Boost Your Skills: Relevant Work ExperienceIf you can’t yet find an apprenticeship, whether you’re still in school or you’re choosing to complete your studying before applying for a job in arboriculture, then looking for relevant work experience can help set you on the right path towards becoming an arborist. Having some sort of practical experience can really boost your CV, you can choose to volunteer or work part-time – there are plenty of opportunities for you to get your hands dirty in this field.Your work experience doesn’t necessarily need to be rooted in arboriculture. Given the niche skills required, securing such roles can be a challenge. Instead, consider roles that have an environmental or outdoor focus, such as gardening or grounds maintenance. You could even look for seasonal work, such as aiding in the festive rush of the Christmas tree season. Every bit of green-related experience adds value to your journey towards becoming a professional arborist – so, instead of waiting around to get into the field or relying on your educational qualifications, stand out by using your free time wisely to show your passion for green services.Exploring Related CareersIf you’re interested in a career within arboriculture, but haven’t made your mind up just yet, there are plenty more roles within the green services sector to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a back-up plan or just excitedly browsing for what your future could entail:Gardener:If you prefer a broader focus on plants and greenery, you could consider a gardening job. If you choose to go down this path with Glendale, you’ll be taking care of some of the most prestigious parks and green spaces in the UK.Tree Consultant:A more theoretical role, a tree consultant is responsible for inspecting trees, assessing their health and potential risk factors. Here at Glendale, we believe our arboricultural consultancy services are second to none.Landscaper:Landscaping offers a rewarding career for those who love the outdoors and have a creative flair. It’s a profession that allows you to design and shape outdoor spaces, creating beautiful environments that can bring joy to people and foster biodiversity. It’s a field where your creativity, passion for nature, and hands-on skills can truly come to life, providing both a tangible result and the satisfaction of enhancing the beauty of our natural world.Groundsperson:Grounds maintenance is an excellent career choice for those who enjoy working outdoors and have a keen eye for detail. From maintaining gardens to pruning trees and shrubs, every day brings new tasks and challenges, making it an exciting and fulfilling line of work for those with a green thumb. We have a selection of grounds maintenance jobs and apprenticeships.

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    Pick of the Bunch – Shereen Marlow

    ​Here at Glendale, our employees are the backbone of our company; they form the vibrant tapestry of talent, expertise and passion that underpin our success. That’s why we wanted to be able to shine the spotlight on them from time to time, developing the first edition of our latest blog series! Each month, we’ll delve into the career journey, experiences, and insights of one employee – chosen as our ‘Pick of the Bunch’. We’re thrilled to bring this initiative to you and give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of Glendale from the eyes of the very people who make our company extraordinary.When you think of Glendale, you’re probably thinking of tree surgeons, gardeners, arborists, and the like. However, oftentimes, our team ‘behind-the-scenes’ don’t get as much credit as they deserve. Without a doubt, our public-facing roles are crucial in delivering the sterling services we’re known for, but the unsung heroes in our key accounts management department are just as vital. Although not often in the limelight, these professionals work tirelessly to ensure seamless relationships with our clients, effectively becoming the scaffolding that supports the visible efforts of our field teams. This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Shereen Marlow, one of our Senior Key Account Managers, to give you a fresh perspective on their indispensable role and how they contribute to the overall success of Glendale.So, let’s get into it:Reflecting on her work at Glendale, Shereen said, “I enjoy being part of a team that has the same goals and values that I do. Even though we are a large organisation, all the managers across the country know each other and have relationships which help them to carry out their day-to-day tasks.” This sense of family, camaraderie, and shared purpose is central to Shereen’s experience of Glendale.“My work life is busy but enjoyable. Some days are challenging, but overall, very fulfilling,” Shereen shares, emphasising her commitment to our mission. Nothing seems to bring her more satisfaction than achieving targets and goals, whether they’re personal or for the company.Her journey into Key Accounts Management was not a direct one, and it is through Glendale that Shereen has truly found her niche. “I’ve been with Glendale for almost 9 years, and have done a variety of different roles,” she explained, “When the role of Senior Key Accounts Manager became available, it was similar to my previous role but on a larger scale. I welcomed the challenge.”Shereen credits Glendale for her career progression, saying, “I love that Glendale promotes from within and is always looking to develop the staff they have. This has most certainly been the case for me during my career with Glendale which has seen me go from a Contracts Administrator to a Senior Manager.”Looking back at her journey, Shereen’s proudest achievement is “the steps I have made while working with Glendale to get where I am now.” She finds immense fulfilment in her current role, despite its challenges, affirming, “The variety of jobs I have undertaken has given me a wealth of knowledge which helps me do the job I am currently doing but also helps to assist new people joining the business.”In Shereen’s view, effective communication is the most important skill for a Senior Key Account Manager. When asked why more people should consider this field, she concluded, “It’s such a rewarding job. When you start a new contract and can see the teams making improvements to sites and the client is happy, it really does make it all worthwhile.”Shereen Marlow is a testament to the diligence, growth, and excellence we value at Glendale. Her story underscores the importance of every role within our organisation and the potential every team member has to make a significant impact.As we continue this ‘Pick of the Bunch’ blog series, we are excited to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the exceptional employees who make Glendale thrive. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories of our remarkable team members who truly embody the spirit of dedication and excellence that sets Glendale apart.

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    The life of a deaf Arborist – Q&A with Glendale’s Sam Ledgard

    In honour of UK Disability Month 2022, we thought we would spotlight one of Glendale’s valued arboriculture team members, who deals with a disability on a daily basis.Many disabilities aren’t visible or aren’t immediately obvious. This rings true for Sam Ledgard, one of our hard-working arborists, who’s suffered from hearing loss his entire life. Sam is an amazing climber and a great teacher and role model for our arboriculture trainees. His team use sign language to communicate with him at height, however, he is an excellent lip reader and signer, and with the use of his hearing aids can understand words.Here at Glendale, we believe in giving everyone a chance – many people believe that because arboriculture, tree surgery, and grounds maintenance are such physical jobs, people with disabilities won’t be able to enter the industry. However, disabled arborists like Sam have pushed the boundaries of what other people think is possible and exceeded expectations with every challenge faced. Just because someone has a disability, doesn’t mean they should be overlooked in the hiring process or be faced with stigma when entering the work culture either from bosses, other employees, or even customers/clients.We asked Sam what initially got him into arboriculture, and he had this to say:“I’ve always been interested in arboriculture and this was influenced by a farm industry background, so I have the knowledge about trees and the use of a chainsaw before I started arboriculture”Arboriculture is an extremely rewarding industry with many benefits for people who work within it, but we wanted to know what Sam liked best about working within this sector:“I enjoy working outdoors rather than being stuck indoors. I get to work in many different places, and I like meeting people. The variety of work keeps me interested especially following the seasons.”Whilst it is rewarding, no industry is perfect, and we wanted to know how Sam felt about the industry as a whole and if there was anything we could do to support him. We asked if he felt welcome in the industry:“No. I feel let down by the tree industry. There is a saying that the more skills you have, the more valuable you are. With over 20 years of experience, I have seen the wage gap between groundsmen and climbers shrinking. So, it is getting to the point where climbers are better off working as groundsmen as the pay gap is not much different. There are many ‘Health and Safety’ issues which can be time-consuming and tiring.”Sam faces a lot of challenges in his daily life due to his hearing impairment, we asked if he thought it hinders his career within arboriculture:“Yes. I was born profoundly deaf. My main communication is lip reading and sign language. Having a hearing disability can be a hindrance as listening is important to gain knowledge and experience, especially with toolbox meetings. I find it easier to talk one to one, instead of talking to a group of people which is tiring from concentrating on lip reading and listening at the same time.”Finally, we care a lot about our employees, they’re what makes Glendale one of the UK’s leading arboriculture companies, so we asked Sam what we could do to help him progress:“To gain more skills – for example, get a full-time truck license and drive a grab lorry. Loler testing.”We’ll be looking into helping Sam with the above. We’re extremely lucky to have him as part of the Glendale team, he’s a great leader and works hard at everything he does.At Glendale, we base our recruitment process on skill if they’re already a qualified arborist or a willingness to learn if they’re applying to a trainee position; whatever your age, gender, religion, or whether you have a disability, this does not factor into our decision. Not only that, but we also do our best to make sure the work culture in our company is welcoming when employees do enter their new roles. We’ve got a range of support services and encourage our employees to talk to their team leader or supervisor if they’re having any issues. We also have 6 trained mental health first aiders within our team, because we understand the potential of struggling mentally within this industry. Men between 40-49yrs are at the greatest risk of experiencing a mental health crisis – demographics enormously represented in our sector.If you’d like a career within Glendale, take a look at our tree surgeon jobs page or browse our latest vacancies today. We’re always eager to take on new people who will improve our company as a whole.A massive thank you to Sam for answering our questions, we hope this has helped give an insight into the challenges of arborists working with a disability.​

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    Glendale’s Adrian Wickham makes it into Top 3 most influential in the landscaping industry

    ​Some big news for the Glendale team, in early August 2022, we found out that our Corporate Development Director, Adrian Wickham, had been shortlisted as one of Pro Landscaper’s Top 50 Most Influential 2022. We were beyond proud of Adrian, he first joined Glendale in 1998 so it’s safe to say that he’s a part of our history as he’s been with us for such a long time – he’s Glendale through & through!​​​After being shortlisted, we asked our followers to vote for Adrian because we know just how deserving he is of this award. Glendale is extremely excited to announce that because of your votes, Adrian made it into Pro Landscaper’s People’s Choice Top 3 Most Influential within the landscaping sector!​​Everyone at Glendale is extremely happy for Adrian, as they’ve seen just how much he’s done this year (and every other year since entering the landscaping space) to warrant this award. Adrian helped create a charter surrounding inclusivity and diversity within this industry, this is just one example of the many things he’s achieved in 2022. At the FutureScape event, before accepting his award, Adrian, along with many other experts, signed the charter titled the ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter for the Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscaping & Garden Media profession’, committing to promoting inclusivity within their industries. You can view the pictures of signing the charter below:​​Diversity should be a talking point for every company in our industry, we all need to do our bit to make sure we’re not preventing anyone from entering and staying in the career they deserve and worked hard for due to unconscious bias. Adrian strives for diversity within the green sector, he spoke to HortWeek in October and had a few ideas on how companies could help diversify our industry –“Showcasing the industry to cultures, religious backgrounds, and communities that may not see jobs advertised in HortWeek and Indeed. Going into schools and universities is really important as there are 60-65 different types of industries in our sector all to do with green skills. I think youngsters are far more aware of the environment and the climate emergency and want to do more about it.  We need an overarching strategy, similar to the police who targeted not only young people but their parents. Once the parents were happy with the industry, they were happy for their children to enter it.”​​Since taking on more of a leadership role in Glendale, Adrian has been spearheading campaigns surrounding diversity, inclusivity, and mental health, showcasing that he’s not just focused on the physical work that our Glendale team carries out, but also prioritising what’s going on inside their head and if Glendale, and other companies within our industry, are making sure to give everyone a chance. Here at Glendale, we’re committed to providing the best grounds maintenance services possible, but we also place a big importance on becoming the benchmark for this industry and always leading by example.A massive well done to Adrian for this achievement, and a big thank you to anyone who voted for him.​​​​​​​

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    Glendale team help build Orphanage in Hungary!

    ​​​​As part of Bolton at Home’s volunteer program, two of our fantastic Glendale apprentices travelled to Hungary to help out in building an orphanage!We’re extremely proud of the apprentices who attended, who commented on the trip being a ‘life-changing event’. Bolton at Home arranges these trips a couple of times a year to help build orphanages, this trip lasted for two weeks and they paid for each volunteer’s flights, accommodation, and food on top of a £500 reward for helping out.Glendale maintains Bolton at Home’s green spaces, and our team is always trying to ingrain themselves in the community because we know just how important it is to have a contractor that cares about the residents and their thoughts on the green spaces in their area. From donating bedding plants to lawnmowers and getting involved with projects outside of our usual maintenance work, our team is dedicated to the Bolton at Home community.Here at Glendale, we’re always trying to encourage our apprentices to be charitable, we don’t want to just be known for our grounds maintenance services, we want to be recognised as a company that loves to give back. This was a massive opportunity for our apprentices to do something good for people who are in a less fortunate position than they are, and we’re extremely proud of how hard they worked and how dedicated they were throughout the two weeks. As well as building the orphanage, our apprentices also spent time with the children of Hungary, including getting involved in a bit of face painting!​​A massive well done to our apprentices and we hope to get involved in any future projects like this!​​​​​

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    West Croft Junior School

    ​​​​​​Glendale transforms a plot of unused land at a junior school in Bideford.​The client:Mi-space working in partnership with Sanctuary Housing and West Croft Junior School.The brief:To give an overgrown, underused area at a local school a new purpose as a sensory garden based on designs by the school’s gardening club.​​​​​Bringing the children's ideas to life​The garden was designed by Glendale’s senior estimator, Mike Dennys.  He took inspiration from the school children at West Croft who created drawings detailing how they wanted the sensory garden to look as part of a competition.Mike judged the competition in partnership with a representative from Sanctuary Housing, selecting three winning entries.  Ideas from each went into his final design.Glendale’s staff donate their expertiseVolunteers from the company’s local team cleared the overgrown site making way for 17 timber plants constructed by Mi-space, which were planted with flowers, fruit and vegetables donated by Glendale.The garden also featured a sensory area designed to stimulate all of the five senses, as well as bird boxes, a shed, a greenhouse and other outdoor education elements.Mike Dennys, said: “I really enjoyed getting involved in this project, and when I found out that it was for a gardening club at the local primary school, I fell in love with the idea.“At Glendale, we’re always eager to support our local communities, this project was the perfect opportunity to do so.”Glendale’s staff helped the pupils from the gardening club plant up the planters using compost and mulch donated by Woodland Horticulture.​​​​​Gallery​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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    William Blythe chemical works site

    ​​​Maintaining a nature haven at a former chemical plant​The Client:RSK Environmental LtdThe Brief:To deliver essential horticultural maintenance services to a recently completed landfill restoration project at a former East Lancashire chemical plant in Hapton.​​​​​The William Blythe Site​The former William Blythe Chemical Works site was the base for chemical manufacture from the late 1800’s to 2006.  Over 70,000 square metres of the original 38-acre site has been converted into a nature haven, home to a wide variety of wildlife.​​​​​Gallery​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Service​Lynne Houlbrooke, the senior landscape architect for RSK Environment Ltd, said:“The establishment of a landscape scheme is the final stage of a restoration process that will physically and aesthetically integrate the site with its wider context in the Calder Valley.  Management and maintenance operations across the site are the key to the successful establishment of healthy landscape features, which include woodland blocks, hedgerows, wild floral grassland and marginal and aquatic vegetation within the lagoon and ditches.”A dedicated team from Glendale undertake a range of services at the former chemical plant including the management of wildflower meadows and new woodland.The site is home to a plethora of wildlife including nesting Lapwing, a species of bird that is fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it an offence to disturb an active nest.The green space management specialist monitors the nesting birds as part of its regular site inspections prior to carrying out any work, and modify the schedule so as not to disturb the birds during nesting season.​​​​

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    Gatwick Airport

    ​Glendale is proud to deliver grounds maintenance services at Gatwick Airport, London.We’re committed to supporting Gatwick in achieving its objective of becoming London’s airport of choice for passengers, airlines and businesses.First impressions countThe appearance of the airport is not only a reflection of Gatwick itself but gives visitors their first impression of London and the UK – making it vital that it’s a good one.Our mantra is “right first time” and we aim to minimise disruption where possible and deliver what is critical for the airport’s success, particularly in terms of maintaining Gatwick’s positive public perception through impressive horticultural features.The serviceGlendale’s dedicated team of directly employed specialists manage approximately 141 hectares of airside grass at the airport in line with the strict guidelines imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  These regulations are in place to deter birds and other wildlife from disrupting the smooth day-to-day running of the airport.We also manage landside grass, banks and ponds, as well as creating eye-catching bedding displays.Biodiversity is key, and we support Gatwick by clearing invasive weeds along nearby rivers and giving the surrounding woodland habitats a boost with specialist forestry activities.​​​​​​​​​A partnership approach​Like Gatwick Airport, we take our environmental management responsibilities very seriously and combine best-practice and the use of modern equipment to contribute to its air quality initiatives.Specific milestones since the partnership began to include:Locally sourcing suppliers in order to support the local economy and reduce our carbon footprintInvesting in remote control banks mowers to increase service efficiency and make cost savingsMajor clearance works on the Juliet Bund to mitigate the effects of bird strikes and improve the visibility of warning lights essential to the operational compliance of the airport.A wealth of experienceWe have many years of experience delivering airside and landside grass management compliant with the CAA Long-Grass Policy (LGP) and have provided a broad scope of services to several large airports in our time, including Heathrow, Stansted and Southampton.  

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    #2minutelitterpick – litter picking billboards

    ​The Client:Torbay Council and North Somerset Council.The Brief:Glendale approached Torbay and North Somerset councils with the idea of introducing the #2minutelitterpick campaign to their regions.The #2minutelitterpick CampaignThe #2minutebeachclean campaign began in 2013 after storms battered the beaches of founder Martin Dorey’s hometown, Bude in Cornwall. In 2014, the first #2minutebeachclean stations were placed on 8 Cornish beaches and there are now over 800 in the UK and Ireland.The 2 Minute Foundation officially became a charity in 2019 and they recently moved away from a sole beach cleaning focus by launching their #2minutelitterpick campaign and #2minutestreetclean campaign. The 2 Minute Foundation use social media and direct action to empower, educate, inspire, and enable groups, businesses, and individuals to make simple changes or to take part in simple actions that contribute to not only their own wellbeing but also that of the planet.Litter Picking BillboardsHere at Glendale, we approached two of our clients, Torbay Council and North Somerset Council with the idea of installing litter-picking billboards in their regions to ensure that their parks can be kept clean and tidy.Both of Torbay and North Somerset Councils agreed this was a brilliant idea and agreed to have billboards placed in 5 different locations in their regions. As a result of this, there are now plans to introduce boards into all of our contracts in the South.The billboards come with 10 reusable bags, 4 litter sticks, hand sanitiser, and COVID-safe safety instructions ensuring that they meet the guidelines currently in place. The litter picking billboards are available on an a-frame or on wall-mounted frames.Speaking about the projects, Terry Doyle, Managing Director for Glendale in the south said: “Glendale has always looked for ways to support the community in the management and maintenance of the parks and open spaces that we maintain.“These boards are conveniently located and available 24/7 to allow anyone to get involved. A commitment to only 2 minutes a day adds up to a huge amount of improvement, energy and enthusiasm.”For more information about the 2 Minute Foundation, click here –​Gallery​​​

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    London Borough of Lewisham

    ​About Glendale and the London Borough of LewishamGlendale and Lewisham Council started working together over two decades ago. It was back in 2000 that the two parties came together with the sole aim of revitalising Lewisham borough’s green spaces.With the success of this initial venture between Glendale and Lewisham Council, the Greenspace Maintenance and Management Contract was started in 2010. Enabling Glendale to provide Lewisham Council with a complete-care package, this then allowed both parties to work together toward achieving a safer, greener environment for everyone in the Lewisham Council area.Glendale provides the complete management of 53 different parks across the London Borough of Lewisham, and this includes the end-to-end management of the Green Flag process. To highlight the excellent work done by Glendale over the years, their together with Lewisham Council has resulted in achieving over 180 Green Flag awards since 2002.As 2020 began, pre-COVID, Glendale was planning for another successful year working alongside Lewisham Council but of course, everything came grinding to a halt in March. Naturally, this presented a set of unique challenges for Glendale’s teams working in the London Borough of Lewisham.​COVID-19 Challenges & Glendale’s Role42 of the 53 parks that are managed by Glendale have playgrounds and 3 of those 42 parks have 2 playgrounds. In a pre-COVID world, these would have been open to the public as normal, many of the parks across the Lewisham Council area would have seen a steady flow of visitors enjoying the well-maintained areas the teams upkeep on a daily basis.After the announcement of the UK lockdown on March 23rdhowever, things changed, which presented different challenges for the park’s teams across the Borough.​The General PublicWith the weather getting warmer and following Government guidance around daily exercise, naturally the parks became much busier than we would normally expect. This required Glendale’s Park Services teams to be responsive and adapt to things very quickly. Awareness of all the new ruling that had been introduced was paramount to continue to work to their high standards whilst adhering to the new rules and ensuring the public were also playing their part in keeping socially distanced while in the parks.At a moment’s notice, Glendale’s Park Services management team were required to provide PPE and hand sanitiser to the Park Services teams to ensure theirs and the public’s safety while they were going about their daily duties.The parks themselves remained open but facilities such as, the park toilets, any outdoor gym equipment, tennis courts, playgrounds, football courts required the appropriate action which in this instance was often taping, padlocking, and putting up barriers with appropriate signage making it clear that these areas were strictly off-limits to the public to use.The increased number of people in the parks presented a unique challenge in itself. At times during the summer, every day was like a Saturday which is usually the parks busiest day in the summer holidays. However, due to colleagues working together and the quality of prior training, ensuring all social distancing measures were enforced and working closely with the police to report any breaches in social distancing such as large groups mixing together occasional challenges to rule enforcement was avoided.​Adapting to COVID-19, Responsibility & ChangeNaturally, during the last 12 months, there has been a lot of added responsibility taken on by members of the Glendale Park Services teams across the London Borough of Lewisham.They have all worked together and have been quite open with each other about how they’ve felt part of something special, whilst recognising the job that they have to deliver, not only for Lewisham Council but also for the general public at a time of national worry.Grzerogz for Glendale says:“This is something that stands out about all of our teams here at Glendale, it’s like a family. From all over the borough, our teams have pulled together, management and supervisors as well, and have contributed to the cause. It’s very much been a team effort, from top to bottom, and having that family feel has only helped matters in uncertain times”.One final thing as part of our work with other agencies and local authorities, especially Lewisham Council, we’re incredibly proud to be able to say that we donated several different PPE items to local hospitals and the NHS during the initial shortage of PPE at the start of lockdown.​Overall, the reaction from the general public to the work being carried out in the 53 different parks throughout Lewisham, has been overwhelmingly positive.Darren Budden – General Manager at Glendale says;“Seeing the work done by Glendale’s teams and working alongside the general public has resulted in the green spaces that people have on their doorstep becoming more widely used and we’ve had feedback that as a direct result of our Park Services teams, people will continue to make use of them whatever measures are in put in place for outdoor use in the long term.”We’ve been in almost daily contact with council representatives and this has helped us no end to be able to continue to do our jobs, but clear communication has also ensured that every part of every team knows what’s going on, when and how we can achieve what we needed to achieve in a timely, efficient and safe manner.We are incredibly proud that we have been able to donate masks, gloves and goggles to local hospitals and the NHS. Also, as a result of working so closely with the number of different authorities, we’re honoured to have been asked to feature in a thank you video to the NHS along with many other local business and organisations.​

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