Based in Hertfordshire, in close proximity to the hub of the motorway network, we provide landscape and environmental solutions throughout the UK.
Two becomes three.
We can't resist the usefulness of the Unimogs and we love them so much, we've purchased a third Unimog U1200. This will be predominately used by the tree surgeons but has the capability of being another fencing vehicle and can tow trailers of nearly 20 tonnes! A photograph of the trio will be posted shortly.
Purchase of a brand new U20 Kubota "zero tail swing" digger.
This top of the range 2.3 tonne machine has retractable tracks to spread ground compaction or to access sites with restricted access. We like them so much, this is now our third identical machine.
New members of staff...
Ian Stanton, our new grounds maintenance Project Leader has beaten over 40 people to the position. He joined us from Kings Landscapes on 4th February.
Lewis Johnson, our new Arborist, joins the teams of tree surgeons.
Maydencroft’s continuing investment in highly efficient specialist pieces of machinery is continuing with the purchase of a Spearhead 655T long reach telescopic side-arm flail. This brand new piece of equipment will help make savings when carrying out hedge cutting operations.
We have also invested in a new ‘Quadsaw’ attachment that is used for cutting larger trees, which is perfect for tasks such as woodland ride widening.
Maydencroft Limited has achieved the status of ARB Approved Contractor (ArbAC)
ArbAC is a national tree surgery competence accreditation scheme operated by the Arboricultural Association, a national tree-care industry body (see www.trees.org.uk), which requires the contractor to meet 65 detailed criteria points covering four key areas and then exhaustively tests all aspects of a tree-care business’s operation and management:-
• High standards of work and tree knowledge
• Uncompromising approach to Health and Safety, and competent working practices
• Comprehensive record keeping and efficient administrative procedures
• High quality customer care
Tom Williams said: “Achieving this accreditation is of great importance to the business. This recognition gives our clients the assurance of our high standards of work. It also allows us to aim for large contracts where accreditation is a requirement. This means a huge amount to me personally and of course to the team of tree surgeons as we have worked so hard to ensure that our working practices are at the very best level possible.” .
At the beginning of this month Ben Salt, 18 and Joshua Hayes, 23, started their apprenticeship with Maydencroft. We are delighted to be running this scheme with Shuttleworth Agricultural College and look forward to establishing the careers of two enthusiastic additions to the Maydencroft team, which now totals 32 permanent employees.
There was a great deal of competition for the places and Ben and Joshua impressed us with their positive and hardworking outlook, and determination to succeed.
Ben has been placed on the Arboriculture Apprenticeship and is being mentored by the experienced and highly qualified Tree Team leader, Tom Ruffle.
Joshua has been placed on the Countryside Management Apprenticeship and is being mentored by David Hooper, a very skilled project leader with 17 formal qualifications ranging from the operation of large excavators to hedge laying.
We wish Ben and Joshua every success for their year ahead.
This month marks the launch of a new team of expert landscapers under the Maydencroft ‘umbrella’.
MJT Design and Landscapes has merged with Maydencroft Limited as part of a strategy between Matt Turner (of MJT) and Tom Williams to increase the scope of specialisms within Maydencroft, and to attain additional, experienced support for some of the large-scale projects that Maydencroft is working on. Additionally, the size and expertise of Maydencroft means that MJT’s clients can enjoy seamless continuity of service.
Matt brings with him 12 years of horticultural experience and a team of skilled employees. He joins Maydencroft as ‘Contract Manager – Landscaping’ and will be responsible for all of Maydencroft’s soft landscaping and maintenance contracts.
As a member of the Association of Professional Landscapers, Maydencroft will also gain Matt’s accomplished and creative technical drawing skills to provide a design and build land-scape service.
Tom and Matt would like to thank all the clients of MJT for their understanding and trust that their experience of the merger has been one of smooth transition and Tom and the team at Maydencroft extend a very warm welcome to Matt Turner, Adam Dilley and Stuart Gardner and look forward to working together in the future.
Maydencroft Limited launches this month as the new company name to encompass the entire Maydencroft group of businesses. This reflects the fact that the company has grown rapidly since inception five years ago and there are now a number of divisions, of which the contracting arm Maydencroft Rural - the previous company name - is still a fundamental part.
Maydencroft Limited group comprises four complementary trading divisions:
Tom Williams says:
“I’m delighted that the exciting new developments within our company have led to this name update. We really want to emphasise and clarify that we offer a number of different but linked speciality services; from expert advice for maximising land management potential from Matt Perry and the team in Maydencroft Land Advisory, to the technically skilled contracting team doing a huge variety of work from woodland restoration, lake reconstruction to hard landscaping, grounds maintenance and tree surgery."
“The company is going from strength to strength. A great deal of this is down to new and existing clients taking advantage of the many services we offer and then coming back over and over again. I like to think this reflects our high standard of work, wide scope of capabilities and of course is very much thanks to the skilled and hard-working team here.”
Maydencroft Goes Green: Keeping operations green at Maydencroft is an integral part of our ethos and this week saw the installation of solar photovoltaic panels in a bid to reduce our carbon footprint.
The 32 panels will provide up to 8 kilowatts of electricity at peak output. Even now, in early March, the panels are generating an impressive amount of energy so we look forward to the benefits to come.
The panels have been discretely installed on one of the farm buildings, carefully chosen so as not to detract from the historic interest of the buildings here.
Maydencroft Rural wins the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council young tree maintenenance contract!
We have exclusively been awarded this prestigious 6 year contract in our neighbouring borough.
The purchase of a Hookloader lorry. Maydencroft is now carrying out all haulage operations 'in house'. The lorry is equipped with a 40 yard skip for hauling bulk woodchip and topsoil, a 20 yard skip for aggregate, a flat bed for moving machinery and equipment and a forestry carrier for bulk timber haulage.
Maydencroft now has complete control of the supply chain, ensuring our customers have the best possible product at an even lower price.
Maydencroft joins Constructionline and becomes an accredited supplier.
We are now a registered supplier with Constructionline. Being accreditated means that we no longer need to repeatedly fill in standard pre-qualification forms for every construction tender. What's more, with 8,000 buyers already using the Constructionline database to source contractors and consultants, Constructionline is a great tool to market our company.
Tom Williams hosted a field trip for The Local Access Forum (LAF), Hertfordshire across Ellenbrook Fields, an open access site in Hatfield, managed by Maydencroft on behalf of Goodman .
The LAF is a strategic advisory body. Their role is to advise County Council and other bodies on access issues. One of the first tasks the Hertfordshire LAF considered was the Countryside Agency's draft 'Open Country' maps. Since then they have also been involved in the RoWIP (Rights of Way Improvement Plan).
An interesting and informative day, enjoyed by all.
Renowned chef and Masterchef judge, John Torode and a film-crew spent a day with Robert and Tom Williams at Maydencroft Farm in September, filming for an episode of the series ‘The Great British Food Revival’ this autumn on BBC2.
The episode, broadcast on Wednesday 2nd November 2011, repeated on Saturday 5th November and viewable through BBC i-player (until 24th November 2011), was an opportunity for John Torode to follow his passion for native UK breeds of cattle and to sing the praises of British beef. Father and son Robert and Tom Williams featured on the programme as a result of their efforts for the ancient longhorn breed of cattle, as well as for the success of their conservation grazing schemes throughout Hertfordshire.
Maydencroft Rural are proud to sponsor 'Indian Row'.
James Cowan and Leven Brown are trying to achieve a dream of a lifetime. To be the first people to row from Fremantle, Australia to Durban, South Africa. The voyage covers over 5000 nautical miles of Indian Ocean and will take approximately 150 days to complete.
This photograph shows James Cowan raising money in Canada Quare, London with the help of one of our 4x4s.
For more information go to www.indian-row.co.uk
The purchase of brand new Kuhn hay making equipment. We have just invested in two brand new pieces of equipment for our hay and silage making. The purchase has been made so we can continue to become more efficient for our customers.
Cut and lift operations are an important part of land management, hay cutting and baling year on year reduces soil fertility, as nutrients are removed when the plant matter is collected. Over time, this helps improve biodiversity.
The purchase of a brand new Spearhead multicut 165 topper.
This narrower 165 topper has all the strength of our other multicut 420 but can squeeze into those 'hard to get' places. It is perfect for tracks, small meadows and woodland glades.
The Maydencroft fleet grows ever larger, and this really is large! We are now the very proud owners of a Volvo EC140BLC. This 14 tonne excavator and has three buckets for conventional groundwork but we have also had extensively adapted it so it can operate a range of specialist attachments.
The photograph shows it in action with our land clearance grapple, which is particularly useful for property developers.
The purchase of a second brand new TP 200 wood chipper.
Imported from Denmark, this top of the range machine is even heavier duty than the first. It allows us to operate the two unimogs side by side for clearance and tree surgery operations.
It produces up to 8 cubic metres of wood fuel per hour.
The purchase of a new John Deere 6520SE tractor.
It has a 2 tonne front-end loader with a range of attachments including forestry and muck grabs, re-handling bucket, pallet forks and bale spike and clamp. It will operate alongside the unimogs for the most heavy-duty tasks. With a 116HP engine there will be nothing to stop it!
Launch of 'Maydencroft Land Advisory'
We specialise in assisting farmers and landowners wishing to join Environmental Stewardship through ELS and HLS. We have a specialist service able to offer practical help throughout the range of considerations needed to make a successful application. We are skilled to help you to make the right decisions about your business, the landscape, wildlife habitats and the historic environment.
Maydencroft Rural wins the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council landscaping contract!
We have exclusively been awarded this prestigious 5 year contract in our neighbouring borough.
With an expansion of Japanese Knotweed Control contracts across Hertfordshire we have invested in Stem Injection Tools to be used by our fully qualified operators.
Stem injection works by injecting a concentrate of herbicide into each cane of the weed. Because stem injection only targets the weed, the treatment can be used in watershed and environmentally sensitive areas.
Effective for Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam.
Continuing our investment in forestry equipment, a new grapple and land rake for the Kubota diggers has been purchased. This gathers and clears scrub and trees with minimal damage to the ground.
The purchase of a new 7 tonne winch for the front of the Unimog. It has a 25 metre cable for directional felling and timber extraction.
The new JCB 4x4 telescopic handler, with a lifting capacity of 3.5 tonnes and a reach of 9.5 metres, it has revolutionised certain aspects of our work. With specialist attachments such as a forestry grab and two man access platform we are further developing our forestry operations.
Maydencroft Rural wins North Herts District Council Tree Contract!
We are one of the lucky contractors to be awarded this prestigious 4 year contract in our home district.
The second unimog is fully restored in matching blue livery to the first. This photograph shows it carrying out an agricultural fencing contract.
Maydencroft praised for good job:
"Dear Sir, I write in respect of work that has been carried out in the subway between Coldharbour Lane and Waveney Road, Harpenden over the last two weeks.
The work was carried out... repairing the wall which was in a bad state of repair as it has been standing for thirty six years.
The standard of workmanship was superb and they should be justifiably very proud of themselves. They were working under very difficult circumstances as people were passing up and down the subway throughout the day in order to get to and from the centre of Harpenden. I was particularly impressed by the way they kept the area clean and tidy and were constantly sweeping the path to ensure nobody slipped or injured themselves.
It was a pleasure to have them working here, they were friendly, reliable and worked very hard. We now have a beautiful wall to look out on again. I witnessed several passers by complementing them on their work and one of my neighbours also praised them for their professional work.
Well done for choosing such a reliable company who really do take a pride in their workmanship. Please pass on my thanks to the company concerned."
Purchase of a second brand new 2.3 tonne Kubota U20 "zero tail swing" digger.
This photograph shows the two of them side by side.
Top safety accreditation: We are one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.
We recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.
Our application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com.
New web site goes live
Purchase of brand new Thwaites 2.0 tonne swivel dumper
Purchase of brand new Bomag 80 ride on vibrating roller
Purchase of a brand new U20 Kubota "zero tail swing" digger.
This top of the range 2.3 tonne machine has retractable tracks to spread ground compaction or to access sites with restricted access.
Back Row (left to right)
Stevan Stacey, Dobromir Berej, Stanislaw Berej, Zbigniew Ernest, Christopher Cooke-Hurle (Digger)
Front Row (left to right)
Grzegorz Gawin, Tom Williams, Linda Eldridge, Patryk Zielinski, (Jack the dog), Darryn Hornblower
Purchase of a brand new 'Quickfencer.' This new piece of equipment allows us to use 500 metre rolls of sheep netting and 2,000 metre rolls of barbed wire.
Together with a Unimog and Wrag post driver this makes us one of the most efficient fencing teams in the country!
Purchase of brand new Wrag Powerswing Commander Opus post driver: "A new era for indispensible post drivers has arrived.
The Opus complements the most modern powerful post driver range on the market today." Fully hydraulic with a rock spike and 300 kg hammer.
Purchase of the first U1200 Unimog. "No other four-wheel drive truck or tractor can handle difficult jobs so professionally and competently. The Unimog tackles terrain that would swallow other vehicles whole and carries the tools and equipment to achieve the most arduous tasks."
It can travel to site at over 50 mph and arrives fully equipped to start work.