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“Look smart, let sooner”

• Delay of Spring will lead to surge of garden growth
• No neonicotinoids used in garden maintenance*
• Every 40 seconds someone fly-tips in the UK
• Over a quarter of a million small van loads of rubbish are dumped each year
• Paint out graffiti service improves environment, reduces risk

As UK temperatures finally start to hit double figures, having had the coldest start to April for nearly a century, VPS launches this year’s Spring Clean campaign to help landlords find new tenants for their vacant properties.

The leading European specialists who manage over 90,000 vacant properties in the UK and abroad, VPS are expecting a rise in demand for their external maintenance services as the delayed Spring is likely to lead to an explosion of growth in hedges, pathways and grassed areas.

“We know from experience that cutting hedges, grass areas and pathways to look their best and removing graffiti will help find new tenants or buyers far more easily than a neglected, run down exterior. If it looks smart, it will let sooner” says Simon Alderson, Commercial Director for VPS. “And removing rubbish from the outside areas of a building such as front lawns, alley ways and car parks will not only improve its looks, but also reduce the risk of damage to a vacant property through fire, vandalism or squatting.”

VPS does not use pesticides that contain neonicotinoids, a recent recommendation by the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee(1), because of their impact on insect pollinators*.

In 2011-2012, over 744,000 incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by local authorities(2) in England and Wales, and 237,000 of these were for small van loads of rubbish. Council’s spent over £50 million on clearance and enforcement costs.


(1) House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, Pollinators and Pesticides. Published 25 March 2013

*VPS do not use pesticides that contain neonicotinoids and are contacting any third party operators providing weed control services to do the same.

Notes for editors

About VPS:

VPS secure more than 90,000 properties and employ over 2000 staff in over 100 locations across the UK, the US, and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors.

Core building services cover the vacant, unoccupied and void property lifecycle from an initial risk assessment, to security, including guarding, monitoring, clearing, cleaning, maintenance and preparation. These services protect properties against unauthorised access and a variety of hazards such as arson, theft, squatting and unauthorised occupation.

Press contacts

For more information regarding VPS or this release, please contact:

Graham Sievers
+44 (0)77 222 82 946
Knole Park Ltd, PR
or Adrienne Kearney
Head of Marketing
+44(0)7769 158895
VPS, Premiere House, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1JH

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