What we do
Freedom currently carries out the grounds maintenance on over 100,000 sites throughout the UK. The operations we undertake are: grass cutting, hedge pruning, tree works, shrub maintenance, herbicide spraying, noxious weed control, pond works, litter / sharps collection, snow / ice clearance, fly tip clearance and graffiti removal. In addition to this we also carry out ornamental and environmental woodland landscape planting schemes for a number of our clients.
Who we do it for
We currently supply planned, reactive and emergency services within the following sectors; Electricity Distribution, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Water and Transportation
Clients include; Electricity North West, UK Power Networks, EDF Energy, EDF NNB, Centrica Energy, Yorkshire Water, Essex & Suffolk Water and Leeds Bradford International Airport.
We have in excess of 120 full time experienced and qualified Grounds Maintenance staff. Manager’s holds professional qualifications in their chosen discipline and operatives hold a broad range of competence certificates in the machinery they use for the operations they carry out. The size and complexity of sites varies considerably, from small substations within hazardous environments, to larger open sites in excess of 80 hectares.
Freedom specialises in high volumes of grass cutting on a wide variety of sites, ranging in size and topography throughout the UK. Our operations include utility sites, airports and ornamental lawned areas around historic buildings, amenity areas and business parks, recreation areas within public open spaces, embankments surrounding reservoirs, nature parks and SSSI sites. We have an extensive range of grass cutting equipment suited to whatever maintenance regime is required, from wildflower and flood meadow areas cut once a year, to sites in excess of 80ha requiring our permanent presence.
Hedge & Shrub Pruning
Freedom cuts and maintains in excess of 3,000km of hedge per annum using a wide range of equipment, from various sizes of tractor and side arm flails to long and short bar handled hedge trimmers. Hedge cutting is carried throughout the season except during the bird nesting period. Where feasible, pruning is undertaken at the optimum time of year to benefit the aesthetic appearance of the hedge or shrub. It will also be in a sympathetic manner to maximise the natural attributes of the plant, be it for its flowers, berries, stem colour or foliage.
Using our highly qualified and experienced arboricultural teams, holding NPTC certificates, we carry out all aspects of tree management. This includes initial tree surveys, consisting of inspections and potential hazards and tree condition assessments, as well as reports and the drawing up of specific tree location plans. Tree surgery works, cover crowning reduction, crown lifting, crown thinning, damaged limb removal, tree felling and the grinding out of stumps. We supply reactive and emergency tree services to clients such as; EDF Energy, Centrica, Yorkshire Water, Leeds Bradford International Airport and several DNOs.
Invasive weed control
Freedom Grounds Management specialises in the control and eradication of invasive weed species: namely • Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) • Giant Hogweed (Heracleum Mantegazzianum) • Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens Glandulifera) • Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) Each type of plant has its own different characteristics, but all are a serious threat, having the ability to spread rapidly on land areas if not controlled. Freedom has a number of trained, qualified (at BASIS & PA1/PA2 &6AW levels) and highly experienced staff throughout the UK specialising in the control and eradication of these invasive weed species.
Using a combination of environmentally friendly application methods and non-hazardous detergents we are able to remove most materials that have been used to create the graffiti. After the removal process has been carried out we can then apply an anti-graffiti solution to the area to protect and prevent it from further acts of vandalism. We supply these services on a reactive and emergency basis.
Freedom is fully licensed to deal with illegally dumped debris (fly-tipping) and offers a prompt response to remove dumped rubbish. Whether it is non–hazardous or hazardous waste, we ensure that it is removed in a safe, effective and environmentally friendly manner and taken to the correct disposal destination. We supply these services on a reactive and emergency basis.