Clive Richardson Limited have carried out the Young Street Tree Maintenance Contract for Belfast City Council since 2011. The contract covers the planting and maintenance of all young trees and the maintenance of soft landscaped areas, such as Parks open sites and car parks, in the care of Belfast City Council, the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and the Department for Communities (DfC). For the purposes of this tender ‘park trees’ are defined as those growing in playing fields, parks, cemeteries, open spaces etc owned by the Council or the other aforementioned bodies.
In the main the contract focuses on the upkeep of the trees and planted areas within Belfast. This includes planting or removing trees as required, ensuring that tree guards and stakes are in place, ensuring that tree pits are kept in good order and for pruning trees so that they do not cause a hazard to traffic or the public.
However, CRL are also instructed at times to carry out specialist one-off projects at various locations. These include repairs to ground after an event has taken place, landscaping, planting or general environmental improvement works to enhance a local community. Projects undertaken by CRL recently under the terms of this project include landscaping at Bloomfield Walkway; the re-turfing of City Hall lawns after the Christmas Market; the reinstatement of the Lawns at the Cenotaph after the ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ art installation, created by artist Rob Heard; and, landscaping at Organefield Park.
CRL have a dedicated team of operatives who carry out the day to day management of over 12500 street trees under this contract to a pre-planned schedule or to emergency requests from the Council.
The work which CRL carry out under this contract was recognised at the 2019 ALCI Landscape Awards where it received an Award of Merit in the Commercial Maintenance Category.