Aspire celebrates first anniversary

Aspire Landscape Management, Ashford Borough Council’s in-house grounds maintenance service, is now one year old.

At the start of October 2016 the Kent council brought the responsibility for grounds maintenance across the borough back in-house.

One year on the reaction from residents has been positive with the public seeing the difference Aspire is making to the borough and how bright, colourful and tidy Ashford’s open green spaces are looking thanks to all the hard work of the team.

The service covers the day-to-day work of mowing, pruning, planting, clearing and litter picking on various spaces owned by the council including open green space, parks, floral beds, cemeteries, areas around housing sites, hedges, sports pitches and associated footpaths.

During the spring, tulips were blooming in the Memorial Gardens, colourful planters were dotted around the town centre, and the grass was made neat and tidy in the borough’s parks and open spaces.

Then during the summer, the spring plants were replaced with summer flowers to brighten up the borough and welcome in the warmer weather by adding a splash of colour to the town.

Cllr Clair Bell, portfolio holder for borough presentation, said:

“We’re pleased with the impact Aspire has made on the borough’s presentation and the positive reaction from the community.”

“The in-house service has given us greater flexibility we as have been able to move resources where they are needed most and by enhancing Ashford’s overall appearance and attractiveness this has made the borough more attractive for residents, visitors and businesses.”