The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. Initially putting processes in place to ensure social distancing and the protection of our employees. We also needed to make sure that our supply chain continued to run without any challenges or find alternate solutions working closely with our fantastic suppliers. Then we moved into the next phase of moving to remote working; making sure everyone was set up and our delivery of work was in line with the latest guidelines from the Government.
With some time available, we were also looking for ways we could help out locally with maintaining communal green space (if the existing maintenance company couldn’t – as we all just have to get stuck in and help at the moment, don’t we) or helping maintain people’s gardens who can’t currently manage it themselves. However, at the moment, we are recommended not to work on people’s gardens. So, for now, we will keep to isolation guidelines and wait for the ok.
What we have learnt in this time, is that the need to be agile and responsive to change has been key to our operation. Luckily, we have been able to rise to that challenge. We have phenomenal people who have adapted fantastically to our new set up.
To share some positivity in these interesting times, we’d like to tell you about some projects we are currently working on at InHurst Landscapes:
We had already started in investing in technology to enhance our business processes and now we have a little more time to do this. As well as implementing collaborative tools such as Microsoft Teams, we have also been looking at our overall IT environment. We are making sure our IT is joined-up and simple processes are automated so that our office team can do more with their time when the workload gets back to normal.
Supply chain & stock management
We have some fantastic suppliers who we have been working with to ensure that at the point we are able to start working again (at whatever capacity), we are ready to go.
Making sure we hold onto as many of our employees as possible is key for us. Not only are we a tight ‘InHurst Family’ that work really well together, but we don’t want to worry about finding good people when the work returns.
We had just implemented a new marketing strategy for the business which is aligned to our business growth plans. We know that it’s important to stay visible with our clients and the industry, so we are very much focused on our digital presence during this period and you will start to see more of us over the next few months (but don’t worry – we won’t be flooding you with InHurst posts!).
We continue to look into ways that we can deliver our services whilst using fewer or better resources and creating less waste. For example, in the office, our technology plans are enabling us to use less paper.
So, we hope you are all staying safe. If there is anything you are aware of that we can do to help the community in the local area, please give us a call. We’re here, we’re contactable and we hope you are all ok.(less)
Following our successful presence at the Chelsea Flower 2015, contributing to the build of Sean Murrays (winner BBC 2 ‘Great Chelsea Garden Challenge) outstanding show feature garden, we went on to demonstrate our landscaping expertise at the International Wellington Horse Trials 2015 in August. Having moved on to site only two weeks prior to the event, we worked tirelessly out of hours dressing every cross country fence in preparation for the world’s best FEI 3 *** eventers.
All flowers were in bloom and bedding plants methodically arranged to create a masterpiece at every fence that withstood three days of thrills and spills during top class competition. The cross country drew the crowds to watch the masters of the event world and it was the infamous William Fox Pitt who was crowned the winner of the Intermediate Section N sponsored by Inhurst Landscapes. William Fox Pitt was presented with a full consultation and design package carried out by Inhurst Landscape at the awards ceremony.
As the business continues to grow we have naturally turned our attention to our growing workforce and creating opportunity to enter the industry. It is for this reason we are pleased to have joined the Elevate project run by Wokingham Borough Council which provides support for young people to find employment and apprenticeships. Robbie Guyatt joined us through the project back in August and we are very pleased to announce he is now full time maintenance landscaper for Inhurst. Robbie is currently based at the luxurious Cavendish Park development for Bewley Homes in Wokingham where landscaping is well underway.
Reflecting our specialist abilities landscaping the most environmentally sensitive areas, we are also pleased to announce work has started at the Bewley Park development in Reading. Bewley Park is a unique development in the middle of Reading surrounded by mature trees and nature reserve.
Please do not hesitate to contact us today to book your free consultation. We look forward to sharing images from our recently completed projects at the gallery (link to project gallery) which range from small private gardens to larger commercial projects.(less)
We are proud to have contributed to the build of the outstanding show feature garden by the winner of BBC2’s ‘Great Chelsea Garden Challenge’, Sean Murray. Sean was chosen from hundreds of entrants to become one of six would-be designers who were mentored by Joe Swift of BBC2’s Gardeners’ World.
We look forward to sharing our pictures and stories from this prestigious event very soon.(less)