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These magnificent men and their mowing machines

In one full season they cut more than 21 million square metres of grass, trim over 22 miles of hedges and carry out around 26,000 individual inspections of play equipment.

ISS west end park

And those are just some of the responsibilities assumed by ISS World, who took over as Fenland District Council's horticultural contractors last autumn.

Earlier this month ISS staff wheeled out a collection of their new grass-cutting machinery and other equipment and met district and town councillors to answer questions about their work.

The "meet and greet" session was held in March's West End Park.

ISS are now responsible for looking after all the district's open spaces, including all the parks, 23 cemeteries and closed churchyards and more than 50 play areas.

They maintain more than 430,000 square metres of shrubs, roses and seasonal bedding displays, thus playing a key role in the efforts to continue the district's fine record in the annual Anglia In Bloom competition.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC's Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: "It is a hugely important contract and many people don't understand or appreciate just how much is involved.

"Over the winter they have started to get to grips with it and this was an opportunity for councillors to get to know them and raise any particular questions or concerns."


Article added 15 March, 2016