SW Landscapes in the South West and South Wales provide grounds maintenance services to small and large customers in both the public and private sectors including property management companies, retail parks, industrial estates, parish councils, housing associations, residential developments, schools and local authorities.
The company is, like many, giving serious thought to carbon footprint management, and for one particular Housing Association they undertook a joint consultation to assess ways of accomplishing a reduction.
A fundamental point was grass collection; the housing association understandably wanted their grass looking its best, and a successful approach put forward by Will Stops was the use of a mulching head fitted to a SCAG Tiger Cat ride-on mower, supplied by STM Co Ltd.
Will knew the SCAG make from past experience and has always found them sturdy, reliable and impressive.
Equally impressive have been the results from this exercise. Importantly, the Housing Association have been pleased with the look of the grass, and for SW Landscapes they easily show the benefits: previously they would take two vehicles and three men - and the extra vehicle was only just enough for the grasscuttings. Now they take two men and one van - the Transit that the SCAG Tiger Cat neatly fits into. They mow a little more frequently to keep the mulching process as effective as possible, but it's a quick cut, because the grass isn't too long.
The whole venture has proved to be, in Will Stops' own words: a "win-win situation"; a happy customer and clearly identifiable efficiency savings in time, fuel and carbon emissions.