Cultivating Sustainable Green Communities

Quadron Services’ hub for community engagement projects

Having worked closely with local authority clients for over 20 years, Quadron appreciates the challenge of delivering value for money services in the face of ever-tightening budgets. All too often, a lack of resources or specialist knowledge means that authorities are unable to implement projects which would benefit the local community – this is where Quadron’s Development Team can assist.

We have experience of delivering activities which involve local stakeholder, help authorities and businesses comply with the Social Value Act and which can generate revenue. Some examples of our expertise are shown below, but this is not exhaustive – please contact us to discuss your individual project requirements.

This year Quadron has helped its clients generate:

Corporate Volunteer Hours

Community Volunteer Hours

Funding (£1000s)

What We Do

Businesses are increasingly looking to provide volunteering opportunities for their staff in order to fulfil the aims of their Corporate Social Responsibility obligations and to encourage their staff to take part in team building activities.

Quadron’s Development Team works with a number of well-regarded volunteer brokers, including Hands on London and Timebank to organise a wide range of horticultural and conservation related activities. From preserving habitats for dormice to creating woodland walkways through some of London’s well-known parks, we can arrange sessions for various group sizes and levels of experience. We regularly see many familiar faces who have enjoyed the experience so much they have returned as volunteers on numerous occasions.

The Green Flag Award is seen as a benchmark of excellence for public green space. Quadron has worked closely with many of its clients to develop and implement management plans for their parks, bringing considerable social and environmental benefits to the local neighbourhood. Several of our staff are qualified Green Flag judges.

Quadron’s Development Team can successfully manage your Green Flag entries, including compiling or advising on park management plans and undertaking Green Flag training with client and community groups.

Quadron’s Development Team has helped its partners raise over £2M for projects through successful funding applications to organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sita’s Waste Enhancing Communities Fund. In many cases, this assistance has allowed projects to go ahead which would not otherwise have been possible, and has brought many benefits to the local community, such as new play and sport facilities.
Quadron manages a number of sustainable sponsorship and memorial schemes, such as roundabouts, benches and planters, on behalf of its clients. Sponsorship may involve the planting or enhancement of floral and shrub displays, which helps to improve the appearance of the area and provide a more attractive environment for residents and visitors. The income generated from sponsorship both ensures the continued provision of the horticultural feature and contributes to the landscaping and environmental activities of the council, while businesses and individuals alike enjoy the opportunity to take ownership and enhance the appearance of an element of their local area.
Over the last few years, Quadron has started to make a real difference to – and within – local communities so that we are delivering for and with local people, rather than merely providing services per specification. Quadron’s approach is to capacity build with the community to help themselves as part of its aim of Cultivating Sustainable Green Communities. Helping the community become more involved with their local parks and green spaces can encourage a sense of place and ownership among local residents, and may also have health benefits by inspiring people to become more active. Our team has fostered strong links with many local user groups, including Friends of Parks and Resident Associations, and has supported and led a wide range of projects to enhance the communities in which we work. These range from turning ‘grot spots’ into communal food growing areas to helping communities realise their goals for ‘In Bloom’ success.
Environmental concerns are on everybody's minds so it is a popular area for volunteer groups to get involved with. Quadron can arrange group activities related to environmental and conservation tasks ranging from wildlife surveys to habitat creation and improvement.
From securing funding to consultation with residents to overseeing project works, Quadron’s Development Team can offer the skills and resources needed to enable large scale projects for the benefit of local communities. Some of the projects we have overseen include consultation on and build of new play facilities, and the construction of new sporting facilities in community parks.
We know how important it is for green space services to provide opportunities for local people from all backgrounds, abilities and experiences to get back into the world of work when they have faced a change in their personal circumstances. Working with third sector organisations such as Groundwork, Thrive, Blue Sky and Maximus, we are able provide individuals with opportunities to experience horticultural work and associated training. Having learned new skills and gained confidence in the workplace, many of the participants on such schemes have gone onto further employment with Quadron or other companies.

Case Studies

Conservation at Little Wormwood Scrubs with BBC Worldwide

Quadron and construction colleagues support school’s RHS show garden

Melina Road Rain Garden Project

J.Crew volunteers help Quadron in Holland Park

Asda George Volunteer Day

Volunteers dig in for habitat managment and flower bed maintenance

Holland Park's new bug hotel

6th Loughborough Brownies Community Project

New community garden at Malden Manor station

Loughborough University HR Department Volunteer Day

Cleaning for the Queen in Charnwood

Quadron helps Wycombe communities to Get Growing

Loughborough University Planning Department Volunteer Day

Quadron helps unemployed people Get Set for work

Quadron helps local communities Clean for the Queen

Quadron staff qualify as Green Flag judges

Burleigh Springs Leisure & Therapy Centre Volunteer Day

Quadron teams up with Croydon Community Rehabilitation Company

World Peace Corp Volunteers at Southwark's Dulwich Park

Quadron continues relationship with Get Set UK to provide work experience opportunities

World Peace Corps volunteers help clear invasive species at Southwark's One Tree Hill

Probation Services in action at Affinity Sutton

Quadron supports Kingston Council in developing new Green Spaces Strategy

Employees are 'All Action' in Happy Valley

Quadron Kingston continues partnership with Kent, Surrey & Sussex Rehabilitation Company

Savage Road Community Consultation and Bulb Planting

Ingeus volunteers help with conservation tasks in Burgess Park

Quadron Wandsworth teams up with Get Set UK to provide work placements

Volunteers learn Japanese pruning techniques in Hammersmith Park

Quadron Kingston teams up with Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company

Funding for new playground at Grange Park

Annual Volunteer Day with the Nippon Club

Devon & Cornwall Probation Services help with estate improvements

Debenhams E-commerce Team Pave the Way

Quadron and Affinity Sutton partner for Community Action Day

American Express Volunteers help develop Nature area in Burgess Park

Quadron clients scoop top awards at regional In Bloom competitions

Quadron & Paragon Residents get creative for Funday

Southwark's Nunhead Cemetery benefits from RHS Re-use Scheme

Sixty-nine Quadron-maintained sites fly the Green Flag

Quadron and the RHS partner again for Hampton Court Reuse Scheme

Quadron and Markit partner for corporate volunteering scheme

Olive Catering Services Volunteer Day

Certitude's Corporate Volunteers in Action

Helping Paragon CHG Residents to Get Growing

The Corner Garden Planting Event

The Big Community Clear Up Day

MP Sees Prisoner Rehabilitation in Action

Conservation and Volunteers Management Training

Partnering with Blue Sky to help ex-offenders back to work

Growing in Grange Park

IHS Day of Caring Happy Valley

Quadron & volunteers give Wexham Hospital’s Gardens some TLC

RHS Re-use Scheme brings a piece of Hampton Court Flower Show to communities

Green Flag Judges Training

Residents, local businesses and the probation service help transform garden area

Teignbridge Community Glasshouse Project

Work-based Conservation Training

Roundabout Sponsorship

New Cricket Facilities for South Park, Fulham

Cambridge Road Playscheme

Green Flag Recipe for Success

Selly Oak Park celebrates Green Flag success

Tennis Court Renovations at Redcatch Park

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