Welcome to the BAA Groundcare Blog Page, where we hope to share some of our gardening knowledge with tips on sowing, cultivation, planting and pruning. We will also be making observations on the gardening seasons and also keep you informed of local gardening events and activities, and of course great gardens to visit in the Essex and Suffolk area. Our team here at BAA are passionate about gardening and we hope that this Blog will be of interest to you.
But first, a little bit about who we are………
BAA Groundcare Ltd was formed by Neil and I in 2020 to offer a gardening and grounds maintenance service to both private and commercial clients across Essex and Suffolk. As brothers we share our passion for gardening with our father, who is still tending to his allotment and growing vegetables at the age of 92! Although now with the help of his good friends Jim and Ron.
The company was originally established by my brother Neil in 2012 as Enviro-Care Garden Services. Following redundancy in 2019, I (Ian) joined the business and, after forming a limited company, we decided to change the name to BAA Groundcare Ltd. Why BAA? Well it is because of the first three letters in our surname you see – Baalham.
Incidentally, with the two A’s, we are often asked “ Does this name originate from the Dutch weavers who arrived in East Anglia in the 17th century?” Not so exotic I’m afraid, it’s a Suffolk word meaning Boggy Village!
Anyway, back to gardening – Neil and I have both worked in the amenity horticulture industry for over 35 years. During this time Neil has been a Head Gardener on a private estate and also worked in Public Sector grounds maintenance before founding the Company.
Like Neil, I started in the Industry after leaving School, spending nearly 36 of those years working in Public Parks and Gardens at Colchester Borough Council – first as a Park Apprentice and later the Council’s Tree Officer and Manager of the wonderful Castle Park.
Neil and I are supported by our dedicated and knowledgeable team of gardeners and landscapers, Pat, Jeff and Luke. Pat is also our fencing expert, with a background in carpentry and joinery.
So that is our team, and we are all passionate about what we do and all have a desire to deliver our services to the highest possible standards. We hope that in future blogs, we can share some of our passion and enthusiasm for gardening with you.
Ian Baalham-February 2021