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Case Studies

Case Studies

We work for businesses, housing associations, management companies, construction companies, boroughs, parishes, schools, charities, voluntary organisations, sports clubs, land owners and individuals. The following case studies give an impression of the extent of the scope of our work, and how we can customise our services to suit individual clients needs.

Housing associations

Metropolitan Housing Trust

Streetwise Environmental currently work closely with Metropolitan Housing Association to deliver their Grounds Maintenance, Cleansing Services and additional works such as tree and arboriculture services.

We have also completed several social added-value projects, with the aim of making contributions to our local community and encouraging participation by the elderly or compromised.

The Rosary, Bingham

Streetwise Environmental renovated a small area of land in Bingham for Metropolitan Housing Trust residents. We started them off by donating plants, and provided them with the tools and materials to maintain the area in which they grew vegetables and flowers. With support from our gardeners, they took responsibility for the area, maintaining it, and planning for the future.

This enabled the residents to have an interesting and rewarding project, it brightened up the area, and promoted a fantastic community spirit with many residents getting involved. Denise Walls, Housing Support Manager of Metropolitan Housing Trust, said, "Streetwise were very proactive in helping us at East Grove to set up the garden project, initially helping to clear a grassed area to soil, and providing us with trays of vegetables that they had grown from seed in their greenhouses. I have found the staff at Streetwise to be very supportive towards the project adding value to our contract. Thank you Streetwise we could not have done it without you!

Church Croft

Another recently completed scheme is a community project at Church Croft in West Bridgford, a retirement housing development managed by Metropolitan.

Residents wanted a project that could involve everybody in an outside activity. Streetwise employees Billy and Zoe assessed the site, and offered advice on what would be possible. It was agreed that an allotment area would be created where residents could grow their own plants and vegetables. Streetwise prepared the land, provided seeds and plants, and worked with residents, offering advice and help with the planting.

The allotment has been a huge success. It’s a place that residents can interact socially, enjoy activity and fresh air, and appreciate the fruits of their labours. Harvesting a range of vegetables including potatoes, beans and tomatoes, and picking fresh flowers, has been incredibly satisfying for all concerned.

Amy Frost, Project Support Officer at Church Croft said, "It was really good working with Streetwise. We explained what the customers at Church Croft wanted and they came down to look at the site and give advice and highlight potential problems. Billy and Zoe were very supportive and helped kick start the project which would have been an overwhelming job without them."

Borough Councils

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Streetwise Environmental is contracted to manage the Rushcliffe Borough Council’s grounds maintenance (grass cutting, shrub pruning, hedge cutting and herbicide applications) including all sports and recreational areas, and arboricultural services and fly tipping for all the parks, playing fields and amenity areas.

We maintain 800km of road and provide a 24 hour collection service for fly tips, disposing of around 200 tonnes of rubbish per year. Streetwise Environmental Ltd is a Corporate member of the Institute of Groundsmanship and maintains the grounds of Rushcliffe Country Park which was awarded the Green Flag Award 2015. We also maintain the grounds for fifty-five Parish Councils.

The work is carried out to an exceptionally high standard by skilled, trained and competent individuals with access to a wide variety of tools and vehicles. All of our operatives are subject to daily, weekly and monthly health and safety checks which are signed off by their line manager to ensure they are fully complaint with the health and safety legislation.

We provide full investigation with photographic evidence of every fly tip, passing it on to the relevant departments in order to pursue prosecutions of those who are responsible for illegal fly-tipping.

We carry out an onsite Risk Assessment to ensure safety of our operatives and members of the public at all times. All works procedures incorporate safe systems of working and form part of the internal quality control. These include the Arboricultural & Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) guidelines published by the HSE and the Guide to Good Climbing Practice and Guide to use of MEWPS in Arboriculture published by the Arboricultural Association. We have qualified staff with NPTC qualifications working on the contract. We also receive regular updates and instructions from manufacturers of weed killers, herbicides and pesticides ensuring we are always operating to the latest safety information.

Councillor Debbie Mason, Portfolio Holder for Community & Leisure said, "Streetwise have been servicing the Borough of Rushcliffe since 2014 to keep the streets and areas we live in clean and tidy. They carry out street sweeping, fly tip and litter removal, and look after our parks and recreational areas. We have found them to be responsive to any issues which arise and they ensure that matters are dealt with promptly. We have been pleased with their service and also value their support on social projects and schemes which support the local community".

Construction Companies

Wates Construction - Bluecoat School

Streetwise Environmental completed a soft landscaping and planting project for Wates Construction at Bluecoat Academy Primary School in Bilborough.

The project involved a variety of works including the initial clearance of parts of the site, tree works, turfing and planting. Time was tight for landscaping on this scale – just two to three weeks for completion. Landscaping is always the final part of the project, so any time delays caused by other sub-contractors can mean significant flexibility on our part to meet the handover deadline. We were able to draft in extra team members, and work outside hours to ensure everything met the required standard and was ready for the 11th December when 420+ children and staff were moving in!

Working with Wates Construction required us to meet all their Health and Safety requirements, including providing SSSTS trained supervisors complete with SEATS qualifications, operatives all compliant with CSCS cards and all aware of the daily site meetings and inductions which our teams were required to attend.

We’re proud to have played a part in the state of the art premises at Bilborough. The new school building and grounds look fabulous and we love the fact that Bluecoat decided to keep large areas turfed as well as tarmac so that the kids have plenty of green space to play on. We will be looking after the grounds for the first year while they mature, ensuring the new planting thrives.

Zak Farnsworth of Wates Construction said, "Since working with Streetwise in 2016 I have been really impressed with the quality of work that they have produced. Despite being a smaller social enterprise, all of the projects that they have worked on look fantastic and they have maintained them excellently. Whenever there have been changes to projects they have always responded quickly and looked to provide a solution in the best interests of all parties. Streetwise have always been very easy to work with and I look forward to working with them more on future projects."

Parish Councils

Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council

Streetwise Environmental became involved with Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council in Nottingham to renovate two greenhouses. We replaced the glass panes, provided seedlings, compost and fertiliser, and rejuvenated the whole greenhouse area.

Plants grown in the facility were donated to Radcliffe on Trent, and were also used to plant up public areas in the surrounding local villages and small towns. We also used this project as a training facility to support young adults so they could gain horticultural experience and use these skills either with Streetwise or in future jobs or placements.

The project led to Radcliffe on Trent winning an award for the presentation of their area. We have now handed the greenhouses back to the parish council, and they are continuing to maintain the park and greenhouses, and nurture the plants themselves.

Zoe Gill of Streetwise Environmental said, "I'm proud to have been part of the Rockley Park greenhouse regeneration project. To see the neglected greenhouses restored to their former glory and filled with thriving plants, and to work in such beautiful and peaceful surroundings was a pleasure. I also had a hand in planting the summer bedding – a riot of red, white and blue to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. That summer I took my three sons on a hike from the Holme Pierrepoint camp site to show them the work that mummy had done - they were very impressed."

Drop-in centres

The Friary – West Bridgford

The Friary is a drop in centre for the homeless and unemployed who are able to ask advice on issues around housing, debt and benefits. They have access to food parcels, showers, laundry services and a barber. It empowers vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives by offering practical services, advice and emotional support.

Streetwise Environmental work closely with The Friary, offering support and donating items that will be useful. Ann Bremner, MBE, General Manager of the Friary said, "Thank you to the staff at Streetwise for the recent collection of duvets and pillows. When homeless people are fortunate to get a room or flat, the bedding is an essential item, so your donation is making a real difference."