Smart Cut wins fourth Wychavon grounds maintenance contract

Specialist grounds maintenance business Smart Cut Limited has retained the open spaces and verge maintenance contract with Wychavon District Council for the fourth time.

(left to right) Wychavon senior parks and greenspace officer Lynn Stevens and Smart Cut director Tom Rimell
(left to right) Wychavon senior parks and greenspace officer Lynn Stevens and Smart Cut director Tom Rimell

Smart Cut won the contract under a competitive tender and will provide a dedicated team made-up of eight team leaders with a number of supporting operatives, to carry out all works across Wychavon District Council.

The team will undertake all grass maintenance work throughout the 664km2 Wychavon district, which includes the towns of Droitwich Spa, Evesham, and Pershore.

The scope of works to be delivered by Smart Cut under the Wychavon contract includes grass cutting on designated verges and open spaces, shrub bed planting and maintenance, management of the annual tree planting programme, stream and hedge maintenance work, and weed control.

Smart Cut, which has its head office, workshop, machinery store and training facility at Bishampton near Pershore, is part of the £5million annual turnover Smart Cut Group, and has worked for Wychavon District Council on many of its maintenance contracts since the company was founded in the early 1990s.

The relationship originally began when Smart Cut’s founder Tom Rimell started The Vale Golf Course in 1989 and the maintenance contract transferred to Wychavon District Council from the DSO.

Wychavon senior parks and greenspace officer Lynn Stevens said: "Smart Cut has given Wychavon good service over many years, and we’re pleased that the company has been successful in retaining the contract.

"We know that Smart Cut’s staff work well with our greenspace officers to effectively sort out work programmes and day-to-day schedules, and that they are very good at responding to emergencies or last-minute problems. Furthermore, Smart Cut was able to demonstrate its continuing relevant and extensive expertise, labour, resource and quick response times in the event of queries with a live, online system at its heart to deliver even speedier responses and solutions."

Commenting on the contract win, Smart Cut director Tom Rimell added: "Wychavon District Council was looking for a supplier with a robust environmental policy embedded in its day-to-day operations and Smart Cut’s green waste recycling systems, in place for 20-years, and our suite of tried and tested machinery and bespoke recycling bays at our Pershore base, adequately fulfilled this important, specific contract requirement.

"Not only are we able to meet all of the contract supplier criteria in this way, Smart Cut also has an enviable track record of delivery and service for Wychavon, and recently has won at least four successive contracts all under competitive tender, which I believe shows and demonstrates the quality of our work and customer service. 

"We are of course delighted to have retained the contract, especially following a highly competitive tender process."

Smart Cut is a grounds maintenance contracting business specialising in all areas of grass care to include mowing, scarifying, seeding, verti-draining, fertilizing, spraying, and its team also undertakes tree planting, shrub bed planting and maintenance, hedge trimming, path edging, and hard standing spraying.

Since it was founded in 1994, Smart Cut has grown into a group comprising five companies with a combined annual turnover in excess of £5 million, employing over 100 staff, providing grounds maintenance and landscaping services to a wide variety of customers across the West Midlands, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, including local authorities, district and town councils, sports centres, schools, pubs and housing associations.

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