Acacia Gardens

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Acacia Gardens's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Acacia Gardens is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.acacia-gardens.co.uk

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In 2020 we are set to deliver the first full-
size indoor 3G pitch in Ireland through
one of its three elite sporting facilities,
in addition to the first retirement village
of its kind along the Causeway Coastal
Route, delivering more than 3,000
homes throughplanning.
Ahead of the game
We aim to provide the best
professional service through
understanding the needs of our clients,
current market demands and the
abilities of our multidisciplinary design
team. The strategies and framework
in terms of management and
communication that we have put in
place ensure clients are kept up to date
and are given the best possibleservice,
which results in a return rate of 86
percent.
Training, research and continual
reassessment allow us to perform
to our best and keep us ahead of
the competition. We believe that
through empowerment, great things
can happen. Through continually
innovating and looking to other
industry sectors, we can make a
sustained difference.
Ultimately, we strive to go the extra
mile, working tirelessly, and we are
fully committed to growing and
providing a level of service that sees
us lead the way and receive the
recognition we already have. Simply
put, good service is good business.
Daily challenges
Our company and our company
directors face daily challenges. We are
continually reviewing, reassessing and
reordering, challenging ourselves to be
the best we can be and to seek out new
sectors and new areas of work. Loving
what you do comes with compromise
in other areas, and we strive to ensure
that a balance isreached.
Other challenges have been the lack of
regulation and control over the misuse of
the title “architect”. The consequences
of this impact the built environment, as
well as causing confusion and, in some
instances, cost to clients. This needs to
be better regulated at a statutory level.
Another issue is the lack of decisiveness
over Brexit, which has caused hesitation
in the construction sector and led to
some projects being placed on hold.
Projects for the future
As a company we are very much looking
forward to continuing to be involved
with the volume housebuilding market
and the delivery of much-needed social
housing, as well as retirement villages,
heritage and tourism being high on
our agenda. The other area that we
have become quite heavily involved
with are sporting elite and multisport
facilities, where we will deliver the first
indoor full size 4G pitch.
We aim to continue our growth into
new sectors and to continue to develop
environmental, conservation and master
planning teams within our company
through quality design, innovative
approaches and commitment to deliver
responsive solutions.
We are set to build upon our
established reputation to become one
of the most notable and recognised
firms in theUK. With an office
presence in Glasgow and having
secured a sizable project in Hampshire,
this ambition is well on track for 2020.
We recently
secured the
largest
Scottish
project ever
awarded to a
Northern Irish
practice
Concept scheme
shortlisted in the Global
Architecture awards
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HOUSING
Managing Director
HermanPobrati
Garden pod and landscaping project,
Hampstead Heath, London
Acacia Gardens is an independent landscape design
and construction company that also performs requisite
maintenance and aftercare for completed projects. Since
the company was founded in 2003, it has completed a great
number of projects for individuals and organisations of all sizes and
sectors. Managing Director Herman Pobrati tells
TheParliamentary
Review
that Acacia Gardens has built a reputation throughout
the capital for an honest, high-quality service.
We work for clients, both of a residential and commercial variety, and are often
contracted to provide planting for new builds. The homeowners we work with often
require landscaping works, ranging from design consultation to planting and aftercare.
We are often called upon to collaborate with garden designers and other
professionals including landscape architects, interior designers and architects.
Acacia Gardens primarily focuses on north, northwest, east and central London;
however, we can cover the Greater London area as and when required.
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
When I began working in Enfield, the company worked purely in the maintenance
industry before I became a professional garden designer and decided to grow the
business. The company gained its Limited status in 2010.
We exemplify best practice in all that we do, including providing value for money
and operating at the highest standards. We endeavour to have our team reflect
their skills in all that they do and treat them with respect, as we do our clients.
FACTS ABOUT
ACACIA GARDENS
»Managing Director:
HermanPobrati
»Founded in 2003, with limited
status awarded in 2010
»Located in north London
»Services: High-quality
landscape design and build
company
»No. of employees: 12
Acacia Gardens
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Growing partnerships
Our staff are trained, and we do all we
can to ensure they are happy to work
with us. This transfers into a healthy
staff and client relationship and the
highest quality of work. We believe
that our team reflects us as a company,
and we strive to do the very best we
can in accordance with this. Through
providing an exceptional quality of
work, we can be sure that we are as
happy with our work as our clients are.
Due to the nature of our work,
attention to detail is essential in order
to provide a high-quality finish in all
landscaping. This ensures that our
customers are satisfied with the result.
Contemporary garden design and
landscape construction is our main
service; working in partnership
with local garden designers and
construction companies we have built
many high-end schemes.
We also believe that the calibre of
our team is particularly important in
a mobile unit such as ours. Anyone
who works for us represents us, and
we want this to be done to the best
possible standard.
Growing pains
Brexit will have repercussions
throughout our industry. We are
concerned about the impact this will
have, especially considering that most
of our staff are eastern European
and we are unsure how they will
beimpacted.
This is coupled with the fact that
people are not currently investing in
their homes due to the uncertainty
of Brexit. This has seen a reduction
in our business overall. This is
concerning, especially at a time
when we need to continue to tender
business to maintain our position as a
leadinglandscaper.
There is already a shortage of
landscapers and gardeners in our
industry, and any additional damage
to landscape gardening overall could
be hard to repair. As such, we are
currently involved in a project called Go
Landscape, which encourages college
students to consider landscaping
as a profession. I am proud to be
the ambassador of this project and
look forward to seeing its success in
thefuture.
Contemporary
landscaping in Islington,
London
We exemplify
best practice
in all that we
do, including
providing
value for
money and
operating at
the highest
standards
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
40 | ACACIA GARDENS
Growing partnerships
Our staff are trained, and we do all we
can to ensure they are happy to work
with us. This transfers into a healthy
staff and client relationship and the
highest quality of work. We believe
that our team reflects us as a company,
and we strive to do the very best we
can in accordance with this. Through
providing an exceptional quality of
work, we can be sure that we are as
happy with our work as our clients are.
Due to the nature of our work,
attention to detail is essential in order
to provide a high-quality finish in all
landscaping. This ensures that our
customers are satisfied with the result.
Contemporary garden design and
landscape construction is our main
service; working in partnership
with local garden designers and
construction companies we have built
many high-end schemes.
We also believe that the calibre of
our team is particularly important in
a mobile unit such as ours. Anyone
who works for us represents us, and
we want this to be done to the best
possible standard.
Growing pains
Brexit will have repercussions
throughout our industry. We are
concerned about the impact this will
have, especially considering that most
of our staff are eastern European
and we are unsure how they will
beimpacted.
This is coupled with the fact that
people are not currently investing in
their homes due to the uncertainty
of Brexit. This has seen a reduction
in our business overall. This is
concerning, especially at a time
when we need to continue to tender
business to maintain our position as a
leadinglandscaper.
There is already a shortage of
landscapers and gardeners in our
industry, and any additional damage
to landscape gardening overall could
be hard to repair. As such, we are
currently involved in a project called Go
Landscape, which encourages college
students to consider landscaping
as a profession. I am proud to be
the ambassador of this project and
look forward to seeing its success in
thefuture.
Contemporary
landscaping in Islington,
London
We exemplify
best practice
in all that we
do, including
providing
value for
money and
operating at
the highest
standards
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HOUSING
We also feel that the government
is not putting due investment into
smaller businesses, and we are
particularly struggling with low
emission zone legislation as we have
had to change most of our vehicles
to comply with the rules. This is a
large expense and one we cannot
particularly afford to front at this time.
Growing for the future
Our company goal is to become one
of the leading landscape contractor
companies in London. In order to
achieve this goal, we are working on
our overall system, so we can be as
efficient as possible.
To run the most sustainable company
possible, we are tendering projects for
next year already. Through booking
projects in advance, we can ensure
our staff are prepared for the work
which comes their way. Through
working with local designers and
professionals, in conjunction with
contractors and other companies
that make new builds, we hope
to continue at our current rate of
growth. We aim to continue to
work in a sustainable manner in the
comingyears.
We are also working to improve our
maintenance teams to ensure the best
possible aftercare in our construction
projects. Through maintaining open
spaces and small parks we are able
to work for local authorities and
are currently hoping to extend our
maintenance team so that we can
offer continuous support to those
who require it. Working with the local
authorities provides us with continuous
work that we can rely on. We hope in
turn our service is as reliable.
Anyone who
works for us
represents us,
and we want this
to be done to
the best possible
standard
Landscape Construction
Manager Genti
Garden Designer Beatriz

www.acacia-gardens.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Acacia Gardens. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development