Remembrance Day

Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage.

After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance and hope. Its colour is red because of the natural colour of field poppies.

The Two Minute Silence, held each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marks the end of the First World War in 1918.

There are more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. They take many forms, including cenotaphs, plaques, gardens and books.

We made sure that all the plants are ready for 2018 Remembrance Day to honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to secure and protect our freedom.

Football Afternoon

Cranford Community College, one of our important customers, has a mission of ‘Transforming a Community’. They ensure that the young people of Cranford and its surrounding areas achieve as highly as possibly in every educational and social field.

 

Their Sports Facilities include 3G full size football pitch which is a great alternative for an outdoor football field. Thanks to their generosity PGSD spent a very enjoyable afternoon playing football and even scoring! 11 times in total!

For game purposes only, PGSD was divided into two teams, working at schools and working at the council, their families were cheering for them:

P for Passion!

G for Growth!

S for Support!

D for Dedication!

They say that ‘In football match, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team’, but I think you should just keep calm and act like you know what you’re doing..

Support for Sense and Great Ormond Street Hospital

At PGSD we believe we can do better than only “liking” and “sharing” a charity’s campaign. In the last few months we have supported two brilliant organisations: Sense and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Supporting with actual financial contributions, naturally rises up from the usual social media clutter to truly create meaningful content.

 

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued. They began, and continue, to support people who are deafblind. Today, they also support a wide range of people with complex communication needs. Whilst they prefer not to use labels, sometimes, they can help people to understand the wide range of individuals that Sense supports:

  • Deafblind, dual-sensory impairment or multi-sensory impairment
  • Single sensory impairment with additional needs
  • Complex needs, which may include sensory impairments, additional learning or physical disabilities, or autism.

 

Great Ormond Street Hospital has always depended on charitable donations to give seriously ill children the chance of a better future. Every day 618 children and young people from across the UK arrive at the hospital. Their charity supports the hospital and young patients by funding four key areas:

  • Rebuilding and refurbishment
  • Support for families and children
  • Research into children’s health
  • Life-saving medical equipment.

Hounslow Business Awards finalist 2017

It has been announced that PGSD Limited are Finalists in the 2017 Hounslow Business Awards, Best SME category. The Hounslow Business Awards have been created and organised by the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce to reward the Borough‘s dynamic and innovative enterprises.

As Hounslow is benefiting from considerable investment and business growth, what better time to be associated with Hounslow’s business community?

Alan Wright, General Manager commented: “We are once again delighted to have been shortlisted for this Award and we are long standing supporters of business and the community within Hounslow.”

Chiswick community programme

PGSD Limited has been helping with planting for the Chiswick community programme. PGSD and Hounslow Highways will be looking after the flower beds for this project.

Gary Winterbottom, Community Environment Officer for Hounslow Highways commented: “The plants should look nice together and spread into the space. PGSD and I will be able to help the Abundance London volunteers when they plant.”

Gary points out that guerrilla gardening can be problematic. “We had to remove a huge yucca recently that was blocking the sightline and proving dangerous for cyclists. Young trees can suffer if their tree pits are planted up with thirsty plants.”

PGSD, on behalf of Hounslow Highways restocked the flowerbeds with a selection of perennials, including common grass, purple lavender and bergenias. Barely were the plants in before the bees were already getting to work. Now the beds are full, Chiswick should be able to enjoy improved flower beds along the High Road.

High Road team photo – Abundance London volunteers including Karen Liebreich, Cheryl Lanyon, Jennie Figaro, Henry Gewanter, representatives of local shopkeepers Stephen Foster (Foster Books) and Tracy Kynoch (ex-Whisk), Gary Winterbottom (Community Environment Officer for Hounslow Highways) and Matt Farmer, PGSD Contracts Manager

Grovelands Park project for Enfield Council

PGSD Limited has been working on a project in Grovelands Park, Broadwalk, North London for Enfield Council. The project comprised fencing and planting works.

The area in question is to the rear of houses, situated at the end of the park, as pictured above. The area had become run down and attracted littering. To alleviate this, PGSD fenced an area off using four foot high chestnut fencing and round posts, approximately 4.5 metres along a concrete retaining wall, eight metres out along the path and 4.5 metres back into the area.

We repaired the fence at the end of the area and supplied and planted 10 square metres by the retaining wall and the path near the bridge with three shrubs per square metre, using a 50-50 mix of Hawthorne and Holly. Originally a private estate, Grovelands Park is Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.


The first image is courtesy of Google Maps©

 

Wandsworth Roundabout

Wandsworth Roundabout is a TFL (Transport For London) asset. For for the last 10 years, PGSD Limited has mown the wild grass six times per year and cleaned up once a year.

For a variety of reasons, the site was attracting litter. PGSD received an instruction through CVU London Highways Alliance (contracted to TFL) to completely clear the area, only leaving the trees. The project included the installation of new turf to create a park like area for local residents to use.

Alan Davidson from TFL had a vision of bringing the area back as a pleasant place to be which could be enjoyed by the public.

The photograph shows the work in progress.

 

PGSD joins the Institute of Groundsmanship

PGSD Limited has become a corporate member of the IOG (Institute of Groundsmanship). The IOG represents professional and volunteer groundsmen and women. The Institute of Groundsmanship was founded in 1934 by WH Bowles BEM, head groundsman at Eton College. The original purpose was defined as being to improve the status of groundsmen and the standard of groundsmanship.

PGSD’s General Manager Alan Wright commented: “We are delighted to have been accepted by the IOG and our team looks forward to continuing our professional development via their world class learning programmes.”

Remembrance Sunday 2016

During the weeks before Remembrance Sunday on 13th November 2016, PGSD Limited, on behalf of Hounslow Highways, visited a number of the memorials on the public highway in Hounslow to carry out maintenance work to shrubs as well as weed spraying and sweeping.

An early morning visit was made to the memorials on Remembrance Sunday itself at 5:00am, in order to conduct a final tidy up and sweep. Then PGSD placed on and around the memorials 39 large potted chrysanthemums. The flowers were funded by Hounslow Highways and supplied by PGSD. The result was that everything was ready for the Remembrance Service. The subtle yet visual improvement was appreciated by those who gathered together to remember the fallen.