It’s been two years of hard work but the results are staggering: Urban Planters Milton Keynes took on the maintenance of a planting scheme in serious need of some TLC in August 2010 and has managed over time to bring many of the specimens back from the brink to full vitality.
TheCentre: MK opened 27 years ago, and some of its more unusual plants have been there since then, including a 10m Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis), a 10m Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera), eleven 12m Washingtonia filifera, and an 8m Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata), possibly the largest one to be found indoors anywhere in the world.
Although the original planting has put down strong roots (there are no foundations under the plant beds, so the roots go straight into the sub-soil underneath the building), when Urban Planters took on the work, many specimens were on their last legs.
To counter this, Urban set up a twice-yearly, intensive out-of-hours maintenance programme for working at height, together with ongoing regular low-level maintenance during shop opening hours. The first pruning session filled three 40-yard skips, but, with a lot of care, the plants are now thriving.
This is an project that has earned national recognition: industry bodies eFIG, gave the project a Gold Award as well as a Judges Commendation, and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has awarded Urban Planters with a National Award for all its work at the shopping centre.
Historically, there have been very few companies that I would recommend whole heartedly and without hesitation, however with Urban Planters I make an exception! Their professionalism, workmanship and dedication is second to none and the results they have achieved at thecentre:mk are outstanding.
The service that Urban Planters provides for us is consistently of the highest quality. They are reliable and responsive and have demonstrated the ability to react within four hours at a weekend! They understand our needs and aspirations and make the right decisions quickly and with little guidance; which suits us just fine!
They have taken on this extremely complex contract and have delivered exceptional quality through slick planning and organisation; nothing is too much trouble for them.
Urban Planters have a wonderful work ethic and rightly so they are very proud of their achievements. We are truly fortunate to have found them!
Robert Hall – Centre Director, CBRE