Great Grounds KRISP Project

Great Grounds lOGO

The Company: Great Grounds Ltd, Staffordshire. Great Grounds Ltd is a landscape contractor specialising in school garden projects, as well as the commercial and public sectors.

Student: Darren Hodgkinson, MSc Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology

The Project: To develop an outdoor workshop programme for primary school pupils – delivering environment and sustainability education sessions as an integrated feature of the grounds maintenance routines.

The Outcome:
A lesson plan was produced together with the supporting materials to deliver a pilot workshop.

Tony Millar of Great Grounds Ltd says:
"The application process to be accepted on to the KRISP project was simple to complete with great support from the Keele team. The graduate assigned to our project was brilliant and had all the required knowledge and skills to deliver the report which has provided us with top quality research, giving schools confidence that the services we deliver are of the highest quality. The research is now one of our essential marketing tools, significantly supporting our growth as we expand the business in a new market in a new location taking our speed of growth to a new level. Invaluable!"

Darren says:
‘Working with the Great Grounds team on the KRISP project gave me a great deal of understanding about working with businesses, scoping projects and organising my time. At the same time the project increased my knowledge of the environment and strengthened my report writing skills It was great to work with Tony and James, not only were they welcoming and friendly but also listened to and respected my opinion. It was inspiring to see two people who genuinely cared about the service they were offering. Throughout, I received support and guidance from Keele and was able to work at my own pace. I would definitely recommend the KRISP programme, not just as a way to earn money, but also as a great piece of CV ready experience!’