We’re upholding the true meaning of Christmas this year, volunteering to embark on a special ‘DIY-SOS style’ project for a family in Haywards Heath.
We are delighted to reveal a very special project this Christmas we have designed for the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to build a surprise garden for the Taylor Johnson family, whose 5-year- old son Joshua has severe complex physical and neurological disabilities.
Currently, this challenging sloping garden provides an unsafe and difficult environment for Joshua and his family to use made even more difficult in his aided wheelchair.
The surprise will also help mark the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity 20th Anniversary this month highlighting some of the amazing work the centre provides for families with disabled children.
Helping pull the landscape industry together has been key for this amazing special project with material donations coming far and wide and many local landscaping companies joining us to help build this garden in just 5 days!
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The industry has finally started to bottleneck on supplies the last three weeks and we are really seeing a surge in bulk buying and clearing the remaining stock on the ground.
This has started to cause delays on running projects and created time-consuming strains within the office finding ourselves fighting for pallets of cement and concrete blocks between merchants.
For some bizarre reason the popularity of grey sandstone has gone through the roof this season and it one of the most sought after products on the paving market.
Plaster bags are the gold dust in the construction industry which retails at £6.50 a bag, we have heard rumours of people paying £85 a bag. This has caused lots of problems for trades becoming out of work now until new supplies come in.
The reality of the lockdown closing down production/manufacturing factories has really started to hit. Some still not open or only just. Until these workplaces play catch up, the stock situation, unfortunately, won’t improve.
Testing times for sure and morally wrong to be profiting out the supply and demand during a global pandemic.
We are extremely thankful to our suppliers and stockists throughout the industry who have been working tirelessly to keep our supplies coming in and our prices fair inevitably keeping our business running.
Cheers Guys, you know who you are!
We now take credit card payments via the izettle paypal card reader or remotely via a new link button coming soon on our website. This is another way we are trying to improve our service even remotely. Using credit card payments for percentage transactions is another way we can offer payment protection Under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. Giving our clients peace of mind on large deposit payment transfers during uncertain times.
As we work outside social distancing can be easily maintained if we can follow the requests below.
* As much as we appreciate the offer of refreshments we will not be accepting any during this time and will supply our own
* We will be practising distancing and will maintain the recommended distance from our clients
* With all due respect we will not be shaking hands or making contact during meetings
* Our team will continue to maintain our high standards of hygiene with handwash and sanitiser supplied to them, which is always available in our vehicles as a matter of course, and carry out regular cleaning of vehicles, machinery and tools
* Our team will not require access to the house unless absolutely necessary
* Any meetings must be conducted at distance
* If any of our clients have underlying health conditions or are aged 70 or over please notify us so that we can take all necessary precautions to protect you
* Unless necessary, please try to communicate with our staff from a distance or by telephone
But also if you find you need to self isolate, whilst we are on site, we will do our best to help in any way we can – collecting and delivering supplies, etc.
Business as usual
We are a small business employing some very experienced and well trained employees. We will continue as normal to enable our staff to work whilst taking the necessary precautions advised.
We plan to carry on working unless either Government Health Officials tell us differently or we feel the need to isolate ourselves.
We have plans in action to enable our office staff to work from home if necessary and if schools close are able to continue whilst supporting staff who may have to take time out for childcare.
Thank you for your cooperation,
On December 17th 2019 our team dusted their Christmas hats off and got out the mince pies to bring the greatest gift of all to a little girl named Lexi.
7 year old Elexia also known as Lexi experiences seizures and also has an unknown condition that presents with her being non-verbal. She cannot walk without aid. Their garden prior to the build consisted of mud, turf and rubble which meant she didn’t have a safe environment to play and explore. The team started their progress with help from public contractors including Paul Greenyer from InsideOut who helped with the build for the whole 3 and a half days. James Coleman from Sussex Landscapes and many more! The team worked long hours through all kinds of weather to get this garden done before the deadline.
The volunteers weren’t the only people who helped make this dream come real. We also got many sponsors including London Stone supplying the Porcelain Paving, Beacon Fencing supplied all the timber, Arbour Landscape Solutions donated the Rubber Bark Chippings, Garden Sage Supplying all the plants, BuryHill Landscape Supplies, Parkers Building Supplies, Everedge and MRL Grab and Tip.