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20th July 2020

It was back in 2016 that we first celebrated our achievement in gaining the ISOQAR accreditations for Quality Management, Environmental Management and Occupational Health & Safety. A lot has changed for us since then including significant growth, leading to a requirement for some changes to our processes and the way we do things.

During this period, we have remained hugely committed to these ISO standards and have been able to demonstrate sustained continual improvement over the years we’ve been accredited.

This year we are really pleased to have transitioned to ISO 45001, which is the international standard for health and safety at work and replaces OHSAS 18001. This brings us right up to date with this industry standard, more than a year ahead of the transition deadline.

These standards designed to demonstrate compliance also act as great guidelines to ensure we keep offering the same quality of service to our clients and deliver projects in and environmentally sensitive and safe way. We are still proud each time we pass any audit and thank our brilliant team for making the whole process easier to achieve.

 

Ebsford have just passed the latest accreditation audits for:

ISO 9001 Quality Management System

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System

24th June 2020

At Ebsford HQ we have always welcomed our four-legged companions into the office. With National take your dog to work day approaching, it got us thinking about how much we are missing our canine colleagues whilst working from home, and how we can still help the charity this year.

It has also been an opportunity to reflect on how lucky we are to be based in the impressive grounds of The Nostell Priory Estate, a perfect location for us, and our pups!

As part of the annual dog-themed charity event, for the 7th year running many dog owners would usually have the ‘one-off’ chance to take their pooch to work. Businesses nationwide open their doors to employees’ dogs, to take part in raising funds and donating to charities dedicated to improving dog welfare in the UK.

We are especially grateful that we have a team of dog-lovers here at Ebsford, along with the space to accommodate them and although we appreciate animals are not for everyone, there are some significant benefits that can’t be denied. The presence of pets is thought to help reduce a person’s stress levels. In fact, studies show how dogs can massively enhance our health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

We appreciate how much dogs can do for us and our furry team wanted to make a contribution to those less fortunate.

This month, our pups have sacrificed their gravy bones and donated £30 each of their pocket money to help raise money for the charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs across the UK. If you’d like to top up their donations or find out more about their work then visit https://www.bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk/ With many of us still working from home this year, the charity will need our help more than ever!

 

Let us introduce you to the canine side of the Ebsford family you might happen to meet if you visit.

 Tasha Hartley

A regular at HQ who visits our offices almost daily, she’s convinced she owns the whole of the Nostell Estate and takes her guard dog role seriously, offering up the odd bark at a stranger until heading back in for a snooze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Beau Holderness

 A long standing member of the team who put us all to shame when she joined us for the 3 peaks challenge. She’s also modelling our Ebsford mascot and promoting the family’s Japanese knotweed wine!

 

 

 

 


 Roxy Fisher

Looking deceptively peaceful in this photo, but don’t be fooled. Roxy Is all play and no work but now she has a new brother Luka to annoy she doesn’t visit as often.

 

 

 

 

 Zac Briant

Loves a site visit but comes in for meetings when there’s likely to be snacks around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cooper Whitehead

The latest addition to our family at just 3 months old. Thrilled with office life but only managed to shred the one magazine on his first day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are sure they will be missing the office and their human colleagues as much as we miss them. Hopefully, we will all be back together soon, even if it’s at a social distance!

19th March 2020

World Water Day happens once every year to celebrate water and raise awareness of the people across the globe without access to clean water. The day has been held on the 22nd March every year since 1993 and this year it is all about how water can help fight climate change.

In the UK the average person uses 150 litres of water every single day. We are no doubt more conscious of turning on the taps due to COVID-19, so it seems a great time to reflect on how we can make a positive difference in other areas, whilst spending more time at home.

Using water more efficiently will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and as an environmental company, our carbon footprint is extremely important to us. So, we have decided to take a look at how we can all do our bit to protect our planet.

Here are Ebsfords top 10 tips to help reduce your water waste.

1. Brews for everyone

When making a brew at work, to save energy and water, do your good deed of the day and make one for your colleagues too! Or if you’re at home, only boil what you need, it will save time, electricity, money and most importantly water.

2. Make it rain

Don’t let that rainwater to go waste. An easy way to do this is to install a garden water butt. It can save up to 5,000 litres of water every year! You can use the water for rinsing vegetables, car washing or simply giving the garden a good ‘old watering.

3. Shut the tap off

Yes we must keep following good hygiene practice and regularly wash hands to fight the spread of disease, but generally we are all culprits of it. Leaving the tap on whilst we’re brushing our teeth or washing our face. But simply turning it off in between could save up to 6 litres of water per minute.

4. Early Bird or Night Owl

Did you know you should only water your garden either at the very start of the day or the very end? It will stop the water evaporating in sunlight. It is also worth using a watering can instead of a hose pipe, it could save as much as 1,000 litres of water an hour.

5. Don’t be a dawdler

Cutting an 8-minute shower in half could save you over 30 litres of water and that’s per shower. Set your phone timer to make sure you don’t cheat!

6. Fill ‘er up!

Fill your Dishwasher/ Washing machine to the brim, it will not only save you work but save on water too. Also make sure you use the most efficient energy setting; you won’t know the difference!

7. Don’t be a drip

That dripping tap could be causing a bigger impact than you think, wasting up to 5500 litres of water every year! So, make sure your taps are fully turned off or change the washers as soon as it starts to drip.

8. Recycle your water

Rather than let it go down the plughole, catch wastewater in a washing up bowl and use it to water your garden, it’s too good to go down the drain.

9. Put the fridge to use

Think of all those times you run the cold water tap each time you want an ice-cold drink, why not keep a bottle full in the fridge? It’ll be super chilled and refreshing.

10. Power to the shower

We all enjoy the luxury of a nice long bath but take a shower when you can, it can cut the amount of water used in half.

When it comes to water consumption, are we taking our endless supply of water for granted? We all have a role to play when it comes to tackling the global water crises and following these top tips could make a bigger impact than you’d think.

02nd March 2020

As brits we are used to the less than perfect weather conditions and unsurprisingly it is a hot topic of conversation, in fact according to an article in ‘the Sun’ we spend more than 6 months of our life talking about it. This year, we have already had storm Dennis and Ciara within 7 days of each other, with winds up to 97mph. We also expect Storm Ellen and Francis to follow shortly.

These weather conditions are becoming more frequent and extreme due to climate change. Recent flooding due to storm after storm is not only causing us problems in the way of damage to properties, poor travel conditions and destruction of crops but have also accelerated the spread of invasive species. Last year was England’s 5th wettest autumn on record, whereby torrential rain caused chaos, leading to serious river and surface water flooding. Following the extreme weather, the Wildlife Trust conducted a survey only to find its nature reserves had been inhabited by Japanese knotweed rhizomes, that were once non-existent.

So how is the weather causing the species to spread so quickly? Japanese knotweed is often spread when pieces of the rhizome separate from its parent plant and are swept away, they thrive in new locations and often take over at high speed. The species tends to inhibit banksides of rivers and so when flooding occurs and river levels rise, the rhizome is easily broken away and carried to a new location.

Preventing the spread of Japanese knotweed is understandably difficult, particularly when the weather is not on our side. Rivers should be monitored when flooding occurs but there really isn’t a whole lot that can be done to prevent Japanese knotweed ending up on your property, if it’s being carried from a watercourse.

The invasion of Japanese knotweed has been a nuisance for people across many industries for years. All we really can do is take responsibility for the invasive species on our land and educate others on how to do the same. But in the meantime, how great would it be if this weather gave us all a break and stopped making things worse. Not to mention making a day out on site that bit more appealing.

If you want to learn more about how you can help fight the spread of Japanese knotweed, Ebsford are offering a CPD seminar aimed at helping navigate the eradication process. For more information feel free to contact us directly on 01924 802 190.

03rd December 2019

Ebsford Environmental were delighted to be up for nomination at the PCA 10th Annual Best Practice Awards, held in November, celebrating the very best in the industry.

This year our projects have taken a step up with the level of technical difficulty, kicking off the year with three major screening projects and rounding up the year with our biggest Japanese Knotweed scheme to date.

The Invasives business unit have pulled together to complete 142 projects this year alone. A special thanks goes out to our operations teams for going above and beyond, ensuring each project is delivered to the highest possible standard, commercial who have reached an outstanding 30% increase in sales following last year and the customer services team, who work hard to regularly communicate with clients and continue to retain our high level of repeat business year after year, it doesn’t go unnoticed!

As a result of all the hard work this year and brilliant feedback throughout the customer journey and project delivery, we were honoured to be awarded Japanese Knotweed Contractor of the Year! With 127 PCA Japanese Knotweed members at present, this is a fantastic accomplishment and our Invasives team are extremely proud of what they have achieved this year.

To add to the success, Ebsford were also highly commended for Japanese Knotweed project of the year at Cryfields, a complex job, well managed and delivered by our southern commercial and operations. We are proud to be recognised for these works and appreciate the opportunity given by the PCA to acknowledge what a fantastic team we have built.

A huge congratulations to all involved.

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