We are Wessex Grounds Services
The WGS team has expertise and experience in landscape design, grounds maintenance, consultancy and horticulture and all our employees are highly qualified and accredited in their respective fields. With over thirty years of collective experience, we will work alongside you to improve your site.
With offices in Milborne St, Andrew, Wimborne and Weymouth, we provide our services throughout Dorset and we also install and maintain synthetic surfacing across the South West of England from Devon and Cornwall to Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.
Stephen Harris – OWNER
Stephen Harris MIHort, MCMI, F.ALM, is the Managing Director and founder of Wessex Grounds Services Ltd, has a strong profile in the horticultural industry and was previously elected as Regional Director of the Institute of Groundsmanship and Regional Chairman of The Association of Landscape Management. Stephen is currently link governor for horticulture and also health and safety at Kingston Maurward College.
Qualified to degree level in horticulture, Stephen understands the technical and scientific aspects of amenity horticulture. He has an IOSH qualification in health & safety, has undertaken training in quality assurance, is a trained assessor for the EFQM Excellence Model and has been an Environmental Services Emergency Planning Liaison Officer. Stephen recently completed a level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management with the Chartered Management Institute.
The Leadership Team
I have thirty years experience in the industry being a third generation gardener, not much chance of me doing anything else! I studied horticulture and landscape design and practice at Sparsholt College near Winchester and arboriculture at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. I am passionate about the landscape and the way in which it can enhance lives and have been lucky enough over the years to be involved in many diverse landscape projects, ranging from day centre sensory gardens to Stonehenge and even the new Weymouth relief road. I am never happier than when I have my sleeves rolled up and am pitching in on a job. A keen surfer over the last 26 years I make my own boards and, when I have time, catch those rare swells along the Jurassic coast along with regular mountain biking trips to South Wales trying to keep up with the children.
I worked for a local private training provider for 15 years where I saw the business grow from 13 to 300 staff and expand nationally. Throughout this time I gained valuable knowledge and experience in the training industry, including undertaking roles as Office Manager and as Finance and HR Manager as part of the Senior Management Team. I joined WGS in April 2014 to work more locally as the company offered flexibility and a dynamic and professional approach with a clear aspiration “to go above and beyond” which impressed me. I felt excited to join a fresh new company and be part of their journey to grow and succeed. My current role is Office Manager, which involves looking after the company finances, liaising with schools/customers, working with the operations team to ensure jobs/work programmes run smoothly, HR/recruitment/payroll, marketing and general office administration.
BUSINESS SUPPORT OFFICER
I have nearly forty years experience working in the public sector in a variety of disciplines including education, building services, finance and grounds services. My role in grounds services was initially in administration, but soon developed to include a customer liaison role. I was a contact for schools, corporate Council sites, town and parish Councils and external contracts with NHS, Dorset Fire and Rescue and Dorset Police. In this role I found a position I enjoyed, providing help and assistance, and I look forward to carrying this on with clients of Wessex Grounds Services. WGS have developed a very close working relationship with The Land Trust and carry out routine grounds maintenance over a large proportion of Osprey Quay, Portland. In April 2018, The Land Trust were so impressed with our commitment and professionalism that I was appointed as a Managing Agent carrying out facility management duties at Osprey Quay.