Our Grounds Maintenance team is responsible for the upkeep and care of the green areas on our estates. On a chilly autumn day we spent some time with one of our Grounds Operatives, Dan Richardson, who’s also a longstanding Lewisham Homes tenant. Read on to find out what he got up to that day.
7:15am It’s an early start for Dan who goes to meet the rest of his team on site in Wells Park, Sydenham. “Once I arrive I unload the van, then make sure all the tools are ready to use. I also check that I’ve got my noise-cancelling headphones, PPE (personal protective equipment) and high-vis jacket with me.”
8.30am Dan and the team can now start using their power tools to begin clearing the thousands of leaves scattered across the green. “At the moment we’re mainly using leaf blowers but soon we’ll need hedge cutters as well. We’ve also got other things like our hoes, bags and rakes. A couple of people will start blowing the leaves into piles near the van and then we’ll start bagging them up.”
1pm After lunch there’s still lots to do. “Wells Park is a big site so we’ll probably be here again tomorrow because there are lots of leaves. They fill up really quickly so we need to go and drop them off at the tip once or twice a day.” Dan and the rest of the team work together to get as much done as possible. “We’ve got a great morale within our team, everyone chips in.”
2.45pm Dan starts to pack up and prepares to travel back to site. “At the end of the day we tidy up any mess we’ve made.” Despite the cold weather, being active means he’s been able to stay warm. “When you’re working you warm up quickly so as long as it’s not wet I don’t mind.”
3.30pm Having arrived back to the site and dropped off the tools, he’s done for the day and heads home.
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