Together with the GRITIT Grounds Maintenance division, Together housing resident Bob Snashall, 75, held a grand re-hanging” for the commemorative sign for a Royal Tree this week. The tree was planted by Princess Mary in 1930 to commemorate the opening of Thorne Grammar School. The grammar school still has the original exterior, but inside, it has been made into flats. Bob has lived in Thorne for 22 years and volunteers as a resident inspector and sits on the Together Housing resident scrutiny panel. When ivy was threatening to kill the trees in the local area Bob worked with the local Grounds Maintenance team GRITIT to clear the ivy naturally and save the trees. Whilst at work the team uncovered the 90 year old sign. Bob restored the sign and the cage around the Royal Tree.
As the United Kingdom's Environment Agency (EA) calls for a longer-term approach to water conservation following one of the driest summers on record, GRITIT GM considers the potential role of Grounds Maintenance in facilitating change.. Featured in FM Industry magazine
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