Established in 1971
The SAP Group was established in Carbury near South Allenwood. SAP takes its name from this beginning, South Allenwood Plantations being abbreviated just to SAP. Initially there were four partners but in the initial years this reduced to Tom Walsh and Jerry O’Reilly who together directed and managed the establishment and growth of the business.
Jerry and Tom quickly responded to client needs and expanded the business into contracting so as to provide a turnkey service for our customers. Our first large contract was to landscape the Central Bank of Ireland in Sandyford. Since then the company has gone on to Landscape and Maintain some of the most recognisable and significant sites in the country.
With the significant increase in the level of Contracting, in 1976, SAP established the SAP Grounds Maintenance division to provide post-contract maintenance to our clients. This move marked a very different strategic approach to our competitors. We committed to developing a separate and standalone resource of talent and assets to undertake our maintenance works. This structure ensured that service to our maintenance customers would never be compromised by demand or pressures from our landscape installation works.
In the mists of a recession our Shareholders saw the genesis of what would be Irelands longest sustained period of economic growth. Their forecasted tree requirements lead them to investing and moving their Tree Nursery in a more appropriate location. Quality development and increasing the range of the SAP offer would be too problematic in Carbury. Tom Walsh and Jerry O’Reilly finally settled on a location in Cahir in the Golden Vale renowned for its alluvial soil quality. There, they secured the initial 60 acre farm of what is now a 310 Acre investment.
1985 - 1990
Over the next 5 years SAP established 70 poly-tunnels and the largest containerized production facility in Ireland with a capacity of 15,000m2 under cover and 30,000m2 external production. In 2000, SAP acquired another 103 acre nursery at New Inn for the production of semi-mature trees up to 65-70cm girth.
The Group established its first overseas subsidiary – SAP Holland BV – an international plant and tree trading company based in the Netherlands. The company is based in Zundert along the Dutch / Belgian border. It has 15 employees and sources trees and plants from Holland, Belgium, Italy and Germany and supplies Wholesale Nurseries and Landscaping Groups throughout Europe.
The Nursery developed the largest containerized tree production facility in the country to provide trees for out of season planting. This was later extended to include a 10,000 tree unit for airpot-grown semi-mature trees. Today, the Group has a total of 7 individual nurseries on 310 acres in South Tipperary producing trees from root stock to large semi-mature trees.
On June 6th SAP Landscapes moved to a purpose build facility in Maynooth. The 6.4 Acre site Contains modern offices, warehousing, a Mechanics facility, environmental management areas and a 1.3 Acre section for the storage and growing of Specimen mature trees in Airpots.
In response to the onset of the recession we recognised the need to diversify. SAP developed a Winter Maintenance service covering; Snow Ploughing, Weather forecasting and Alerting, Salt spreading and active proof of Service delivery. We have continued to invest in Winter Services equipment and today, we are the largest private Winter Services Contractor in Ireland.
The group went online with the establishment of eSAP, now called Plant Market, the online trading portal. The website provides our wholesale customers with access to 35,000 trees, plant and shrub lines, real-time availabilities and a choice of specification according to the client’s budget. The site is the first portal in Europe to offer the trade buyer real-time choice and availabilities. The site is also actively used by our clients’ salesforce in the preparation of project estimates.
The Group opened its first Trade Cash & Carry in Ireland (Cahir) offering Cash and Carry Sales to Landscape Contractors and other Trade Customers.
SAP Landscapes is the largest Landscape and Ground Maintenance Contractor in Ireland. Our growth and success is always fuelled and underpinned by our commitment of delivering Customer expectations no matter the size of project. This slavish commitment to service delivery is verified by SAP’s unrivalled awards history issued by both the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland and Bord Bia.