New Firm Jumps at Aintree Job; LANDSCAPE GARDENING: Welsh Venture Looks after the Grand National This Weekend

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New Firm Jumps at Aintree Job; LANDSCAPE GARDENING: Welsh Venture Looks after the Grand National This Weekend


Byline: JAMES PRITCHARD

A NEW landscape gardening venture will have to leap a series of massive hurdles if it is going to make one of its first contracts a success.

Because the challenge of making sure that Beecher's Brook, The Chair and the Water Jump are all in tip top condition for the Grand National on Saturday has been handed to Mold horticulturists, Medina Landscape.

The business, set up only two months ago by two former employees from the Welsh Horticultural College in Northop, Flintshire - Rhodri Rhys and Simon Robinson - will be maintaining the Aintree racecourse during its biggest weekend.

And although the partners admit that the task of making sure the course is just right for all the races over the three days is daunting, they are looking forward to it.

Using more than a dozen landscapers, the company will be responsible for making sure the turf is maintained and any damage done to the fences during the races is quickly repaired.

They will be at Aintree from today until Saturday and Mr Rhys says the challenge of making sure the world's most famous steeplechase course is kept in pristine condition could bring real benefits to the company.

He added, "We will of course work tirelessly over the three days to ensure that the right ground and hurdle conditions are maintained for a fabulous meet and a great Grand National.

"The Aintree contract however is very labour intensive, but if we continue to secure similar work opportunities we will undoubtedly be expanding our workforce."

Medina Landscape operates throughout North Wales and Cheshire mostly designing and constructing private gardens.

In July the company will compete in the Royal Horticultural Society Show at Tatton Park in Cheshire, where it will construct and exhibit its own garden.

"Previous successes at the show helped convince us of our abilities in landscaping and to establish our own business, " said Mr Rhys's 30-yearold business partner, Holyhead-born, Simon Robinson. …

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