Gristwood and Toms has won a public sector contract with Bedford Borough Council to provide a comprehensive range of tree services across the borough.
The award follows a run of recent wins for Gristwood and Toms in the last six months, with clients including Islington Council, City of London, Waltham Forest, Hertfordshire County Council, University of Bedfordshire and Curo Housing.
The new contract to provide tree works across Bedford and Kempston, including the rural parishes, went live on 1 November and will run for a period of up to five years. It includes trees on the urban and rural highways as well as within parks and open spaces.
Gristwood and Toms has established a new depot and office in Bedford so that services can be delivered efficiently and locally, reducing carbon emissions and congestion.
Dedicated teams have been set up with new vehicles and equipment, and work is already underway.
In addition to tree surgery, the contract also includes tree planting and aftercare.
Chris Partridge, arboricultural manager responsible for Bedford, said: “Given our experience of quickly mobilising and delivering tree services to local authorities across the UK, we are ideally positioned to service Bedford Borough.
“Within a few days of award, we had secured a local base, ring-fenced the teams and purchased the new equipment needed. This meant that we could hit the ground running on day one. We look forward to building a strong partnership with Bedford over the coming years.”