The Ed’s Garden Maintenance Winter Camp 2016 – 12 February 2016

Last week the Ed’s Garden Maintenance Team, including 29 of our 36 Operators, got together for our two day Winter Camp at Walton Firs, Cobham.

On the first morning we were lucky enough to have Tony Bowman, founder and CEO of e-tyres come to speak to us about the value of branding and the benefits of being part of a franchise. He provided a wealth of information and stressed the importance of good people and good customer service. This really struck a chord with us as delivering great customer service is at the very core of Ed’s. PROMPT, RELIABLE and EFFICIENT – that’s us!

We’re not very good at sitting still for too long and so, after a break for lunch, we all split into teams for archery, a buggy building challenge and an opportunity to see and test the very latest in gardening equipment from Ernst & Doe, Stihl, Bosch and Husqvarna. We were blessed with rare February sunshine which provided the perfect conditions for the 20m buggy sprint challenge! Let’s just say, we are great gardeners but some of our knot tying skills left a little to be desired.

In the afternoon, we had another inspirational visitor – Phil Harrison Oaklands Landscaping Ltd. Phil gave a fascinating talk about the challenges he has taken on to build his business from nothing to the impressive scale it is today.

The day concluded with an evening of Pizza and Pints kindly supplied by The Mobile Pizzaria! We have heard rumours that the Ed’s Team won the record for the fastest consumption of Pizza…ever….but we’re not confirming anything! Thank you to Tim and The Mobile Pizzeria Team for keeping up with the demand!

The next day we had the pleasure of listening to Ed’s horticultural guru, Ray Broughton. Ray has a wealth of experience in gardening matters and regularly provides informative and interesting training to our Operators and this was no exception. As well as providing us with lots of practical gardening advice, Ray, as always, made sure that we are abreast of all the latest gardening rules and regulations. Ray wound his slot with an open floor question and answer session. To date, we have never come up with a question that Ray can’t answer!

Many thanks to all of the abovementioned people who helped make this event such a success. Thank you also to our wonderful Operators who took time away from their busy schedules to come along and throw themselves into the event with such gusto. We have received some wonderful feedback and we are so pleased you got so much out of it!

If you enjoy the outdoors are looking for a career change and could be interested in joining the Ed’s Garden Maintenance Team, please do not hesitate to get in touch! We would love to hear from you!