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Case Studies > Grounds Maintenance - Cotswold District Council

The Cotswold District covers an area of 450 square miles, approximately 80% of the district falls within an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (AONB).

Following the sale of council housing stock in 1997, the council retained ownership of over 60 land parcels throughout the district. Ubico took on the maintenance of this land, along with the two council owned cemeteries in August 2012.

We employ a small team that is primarily responsible for:

  • Mowing
  • Strimming
  • Hedge cutting
  • Flood alleviation ditch clearance and maintenance
  • Trash screen clearance
  • Sand bagging (emergency planning), amongst other duties

These routine works are carried out in line with a works schedule agreed with the council to enable them to manage their customer's expectations.

When Ubico took on the Cotswold Grounds maintenance contract, we replaced the existing mowing equipment with new, more efficient machines. We revised all health and safety procedure and policies, to ensure the long term safety of the whole team. We are always looking at ways in which we can increase our productivity and save the council money. 

All staff members are fully trained and competent in manual handling and work in accordance to industry approved risk assessments and safe systems of working. They are also trained to assist with our other services, which allows us greater flexibility  to accommodate the seasonal peaks and troughs in the workload.

To ensure the safety of not only our employees, but also members of the public, our supervisors carry out regular, un-announced quality checks to ensure that our teams are working safely and to a high standard as we expect them to at all times