Left to right: Alastair Rowell, Reesink Turfcare, Ronnie Christie and Kasia Kepa from Serco with Neil Cain, Matt O’Conner, Martine Dorrington, Ian Pitkin, Simon Pannel, Heather Eaton and John O’Conner from John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance


Reesink and Toro continue to sponsor the Grounds Maintenance – Limited Public Access category at the BALI National Landscape Awards to continue commending the most exciting and progressive landscaping projects of the year.

John O'Conner Grounds Maintenance was chosen as the principle award winner for its work at Emergency Planning College (EPC), The Hawkhills, a leading provider of high-quality training for public, private and voluntary organisations.

John O'Conner received the award at the event at the end of 2018 with its client Serco after an adjudicator visited the college and reviewed the grounds to see first-hand the excellent management employed and the work of the on-site staff at the 240-acre estate, which includes landscaped gardens, woods and natural parklands.

With tough competition, the project impressed the judges with the level of skill and professionalism displayed. One of the judges declared: "The contractor has done a great deal to improve standards in the grounds of this important venue. Client satisfaction is high, and they are aware that as standards increase, staffing and budgets must follow to maintain the overall look of the site. Regardless, this is a very impressive scheme and a credit to the efforts of the contractor’s on-site staff."

Managing director at John O'Conner, Matt O'Conner, who coincidentally happens to be the BALI chairman, says: "This is the result of a strong partnership with our client and shows what can be achieved when you work hand-in-hand to improve standards. Credit must of course go to our on-site staff who have worked so hard to deliver exemplary standards on this prestigious site. It is a great example of the high level of service that we deliver for our customers day in and day out."

As Toro is renowned for its innovation in groundscare equipment, we have a keen interest in helping to shape the future of the turfcare and landscaping industry. It's why we’re so proud to sponsor this award.

Alastair Rowell

Reesink’s Alastair Rowell presented the award to John O'Conner on behalf of award sponsors Reesink and Toro


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