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CGM Celebrates 30 years of successful business

Date: September 1, 2015

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that came along to our 30th Celebrations which was held at our Head Office in Downham Market on Friday 10th July and also everybody that has supported us along the way!

Top tip for the month
Having trouble with keeping the weeds in your garden at bay? Now is the time to start thinking about planting some undemanding plants that will quickly mat up to form a carpet in troublesome areas of garden and provide years of trouble free cover. These include evergreen and herbaceous perennials, shrubs, low growing conifers, climbers, ferns and even ornamental grasses.

What we’ve been up to
The CGM Arborists carried out an aerial rescue refresher session at Downham Home and Garden on Saturday 18th July. CGM’s Senior Arboricultural Consultant, Jon Ives, was also on site to answer any tree related issues and give advice to members of the public.
Chris Smith Arboriculture and Compliance Manager said “It’s vital that all our arborists practice aerial rescue frequently to ensure that if an incident does occur they can react quickly and safely.”

CGM’s Marketing Executive Abigail Garrod has been raising money for Diabetes UK through the Swim22 fundraising campaign. Abigail and her mum Debbie Rawson have recently completed their three month challenge and successfully swam a total of 22 miles each – the equivalent of the English Channel.
Abigail said: “Our main aim was to increase awareness of this condition and how much it affects sufferers everyday life. We are extremely proud that we have completed the challenge and our sponsorship money will go towards finding a cure for this lifelong condition.”

CGM is a company that is always looking to support both local and national charities and always encourages their employees to take part in charity work.

CGM Group are delighted to be working alongside Downham Home & Garden to be able to support our Local Community.
It is a pleasure to be associated with Denver Cricket Club, and we are delighted to be their main sponsor for the next 3 years. We would like to wish all of the Denver teams the very best for a successful season

CGM Facilities have been awarded a prestigious contract delivering daily cleaning maintenance, window cleaning, carpet cleaning and cleaning of void properties to Broadland Housing Group. In order to facilitate this new contract CGM Group have investied in 4 new vehicles.

CGM has been awarded a place on Cambridge City Councils tree maintenance framework contract and has retained its place on the Chelmsford City Council tree maintenance framework.

Case Study – Sawtry Parish Council
Since winning the contract in March 2015 CGM’s West Grounds Maintenance Department have provide various services including regular grass cutting, spraying works, strimming and litter picking. The Clerk of Swatry Parish Council provide us with the following comment: “We are very pleased with both the service and the operatives on site. CGM Group has coped very well with us changing our minds and have always done it with a smile on their faces.”

A Day in the life of our Pest control expert:
My first job of the day was to meet with a local transport company to set up a new pest control contact with them. Following that I went on to price up a job which is going to require treatment to totally remove a wasps nest. My next job of the day was to treat a ants nest in a residential garden. Next were three wasp nest at a local garden centre and followed by another wasps nest at a local farm. I went on to Norwich where I met with one of the Arboricultural teams as they has a wasps nest in the ground underneath a tree they need to work on. My final job of the day was to treat another wasps nest under the facia board of a residential property.

Due to the quality of work produced by CGM West Grounds Maintenance Department on our existing contract we have been successful in gained four new sites for Preim Ltd.

Current Vacancies
• Purchase Ledger Clerk
• Experienced Arborists and Ground Staff
• Grounds Maintenance Operatives
• Contract Manager
For the full details on all of the above positions and information on how to apply please check out our website: www.countrygroundsmaintenance.co.uk/current-vacancies/

Facts Giant Hogweed

Heracleum Mantegazzianum also know as Giant Hogweed was introduced to Britain in the 19th century as an ornamental plant however it is now illegal to let the plant stray from your land onto others therefore extra care needs to be taken.
The plant typically grows to height of 2 – 5 metres and the stems are 2 – 8cm in diameter but may reach 10cm. The steams are marked with dark purplish blotches and the plant has numerous white flowers that form a flat-topped, umbrella-shaped head that can be up to 75cm across.
Giant Hogweed is one of a handful of plants that can cause a significant reaction. If the sap from a broken stem or crushed lead, root, flower or seed comes into contact with skin burn-like blisters will form within 48 hours. The painful blistering and severe skin irritation will worsen if exposed to sunlight.

What we do at CGM to protect ourselves when working with Giant Hogweed:
• Always ensure we are wearing PPE
• Avoid use of strimmers to prevent the sap from splattering
• Wash our equipment and clothing immediately following contact
• Use sun block