Working with the NHS Trust

Proud to be working collaboratively with the NHS Trust.

From the 1st of April we are proud to announce that we are working collaboratively and in a very pro-active way with the NHS Trust. Wessex Grounds Services will be carrying out the Grounds Maintenance at Dorchester County Hospital.

WGS will be using innovative battery powered equipment where appropriate (more environmentally friendly and less noisy)

An important element of the contract includes Winter Maintenance and WGS will be purchasing a snow plough to fit on our brand new Deutz 120HP tractor.

Tractor and equipment for pitch renovations and maintenance.

Here is what Wessex have been up to.

Wessex have been busy, busy, busy.

We have been busy, busy, busy, but that is how we like it. Take a look at some of our latest ventures.

Our tractor operative Raymond in action in Bridport with 120hp tractor and 4 tonne top dresser.

Last renovation job of the year.  Full package of work including deep tine aeration, scarrification, 80 tonnes of top dressing sand plus overseeding.  Fertlising and further deep tine aeration to follow in autumn and possibly a selective weed control.

 

If this sounds of interest to you, then contact us on 0300 303 8616.

 

Giving something to a worth while cause.

We were more than happy to give and help Westfield Art College by donating a wheelbarrow and tools after they were broken in to – Read more at here.

Westfield Arts School

 

 

Educating is key for the future.

Steve Harris of Wessex Grounds Services recently went to St Andrews Primary School, Weymouth and gave a talk about plants to three classes.

Stephen Harris educates pupils

More on this and much more regarding St. Andrews Primary School can be found on their school website. Just click here to read more.

 

Seeding in Dorchester

Raymond again, doing some ground preparation and seeding in Dorchester.  If you need any seeding done, please contact us.

 

Line Marking

Wessex Grounds Services have been helping the Jurassic Raptors with their American football pitches for several years and at different locations.  This year was very different as we invited our strategic supplies partner Rigby Taylor to initial mark a pitch using their fantastic robot marker.

This GPS- controlled machine made short work of installing a superb pitch, ready for the Raptors first game.  Bill Heinrich our contact at the Raptors was clearly delighted and stated that it was the best  pitch marking he had seen!

Many thanks to Simon Hughes of Rigby Taylor for installing his first American football pitch in the UK.

Wessex Grounds Services - Line Marketing

If you need help with pitch markings or field works in the Dorset area please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Gate Installation

A gate we recently installed on a school site in East Dorset.  If you need gates or fencing please ring us on 0300 303 8616.

Gate Installation

 

 

Sports Fields De-compacting

Is your sports field compacted like the one below?  We can de-compact it for you! You can contact us via email - enquiries@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk

Compacted Sports Fields

 

 

Repairing Play Surfaces

We have been repairing. Is your play surfacing damaged – we can put it right tears/burns/ruts!!   Get them repaired by experts – call us on 0300 303 8616.

Play Surfaces Repaired

 

Health & Safety Update

Here at Wessex Grounds Services we take Health & Safety Seriously.

  • Health and safety is a top priority for Wessex Grounds Services.  All team members enjoyed a health and safety update from our health and safety consultant Martin Adlem.  Subjects covered included risk assessment, COSHH, electricity, noise, vibration and manual handling.
  • Our operatives have the very best equipment and we are constantly trialling safer and more environmentally friendly products.  All members of the team recently undertook a training course in the care and maintenance of strimmers, hedge cutters, blowers, chainsaws and cut off saws, to ensure they are always safe and in top condition for our customers.
  • DBS.  We are often asked if our staff are “vetted”.  Every single member of our team is routinely vetted and we do not employ staff without an enhanced DBS check.  So whether you are a school or a social care provider, our team can be relied upon.

 

Health & Safety

Spinning Around

Roundabout Re-surfacing

We have just finished replacing the surfacing to a roundabout at a play park in Burton Bradstock.

Here is an image from before -

The surface of the round about at Burton Bradstock play park

 

During -

Resurfacing of Burton Bradstock round about

Completed -

The round about at Burton Bradstock has a new surface.

 

We love seeing children have fun safely. Round about’s provide children with increased vestibular stimulation, they can increase development of kinaesthetic awareness and can help children develop strength, balance and co-ordination. Movements like these can be therapeutic to growing children.

It is essential to ensure the surrounding surfaces are safe. If you would like a quotation for your play ground then please contact us on 0300 303 8616.

Serious stuff!

The video shows Some of the serious equipment we use in action in 2017.  Cut, bale and remove long meadow grass in one pass.  “If you need a service like this in 2018 please give us a call.”

Big equipment for cutting and baling

https://youtu.be/CuVdwqTIDMI

 

We also have three new great guys learning the different jobs, ppc and policies of Wessex Grounds Services. It is great to have these guys on board and we are really impressed with their work ethics and eagerness to learn. It is so much appreciated when as a company customer service, high quality results and customer relationships are a priority.new employees training at Wessex Grounds Services

Re-accreditation as an Altius assured vendor.

Great news – Wessex Grounds Services are pleased to announce re-accreditation as an Altius assured vendor. 

Every year we have to update and improve our approach to health and safety and satisfy a rigorous re-accreditation process.  There are lots of hoops and hurdles but gaining our accreditation means that all our staff and customers can be confident that they are in safe hands.

Your in safe hands with Wessex Grounds Services

 

Look what we have been up too.

We have been busy bees over the last month or so.

Wessex Grounds Services have been out on the road again tractor flailing in Chickerell.

Wessex Grounds Services Tractor Flailing

Grass cutting for Blenheims (communal areas around housing estate at Chickerell).

Grass cutting for Blenheims Grass cutting - Chickerell 2

A new contract at Winfrith Newburgh, grass cutting their field. 

Cutting grass at Winfrith Newburgh

Hedge cutting at the Sir John Colfox School.

Platform used for Hedge Cutting by Wessex Grounds Services

 

 

We had a lovely day at Dorchester Rugby Football Clubquadraplaying & lining their pitches.

Lining Rugby Pitches at Dorcester Rugby Club

Line marking at Dorchester Rugby Club

Whilst on the subject of rugby here is an image of the rugby posts we installed at Thomas Hardye School in the summer.

Installation of new Rugby Posts at Thomas Hardye School

 

Remember Wessex Grounds Services are your answer for a sensible price with a professional outcome whatever the job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is climate change playing havoc with your pitches?

Climate change is having a huge impact on weather patterns across the world including Britain, with some regions suffering more than others. Fixtures are being cancelled left right and centre, especially at grass roots level.

Is there a fix? – Clubs need to be looking at investing into strategies that are long-term as continuous fixing and repairing of quagmire pitches could drastically out-weigh a bill for resurfacing.

The FA has set up a programme to build 3G & 4G pitches however if you are not one of the lucky ones to have received funding or cannot afford to change your service is there another option? – Adding drainage systems could be the answer. The rugby and cricket boards are worth a contact to see what funding they have available, and the criteria for selection.

Either fix is not cheap, however in the long term investing in prevention now could work out cheaper.

So why are we writing this article now when the winter season has only just begun? – Well the planning needs to start now for either option. We appreciate that you can’t dig up a pitch whilst it is needed for fixtures, but assessing where the major problems are on the pitch this season could help give the answers for managing your pitch for the seasons to come.

Short term fixes include using the right mowers that have sharp blades and can cut damp or wet grass if necessary. Divot pitches after use and repair surface damage immediately.

Please contact us for all questions regarding maintenance, protection, drainage and possibility of resurfacing. At the end of the day you don’t really know what could be possible until you are given a) some advice and b) the approximate costings.Water logged pitch

Wessex Grounds Services – 0300 303 8616 – Call today, what have you got to lose other than your pitch?

Cricket Renovation

This is how Wessex Grounds Services renovate a natural cricket square in the autumn:

Scarrify

Mow

Deep tine aerate

Mow

Fertilise

Top dress with cricket loam

Overseed

All in one day!!  Grass seed germinates in one week and the square will be covered in new grass in a few weeks time.

 

Renovation of cricket square at Purbeck School

Square at Purbeck School after renovation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before                                                                               After

Purbeck School Cricket Renovation                                                           During one day.

 

Spring Sports Field Renovation

As the end of the season approaches, (and hopefully it was a fabulous and rewarding one), the hard work of pitch renovation needs to begin as soon as possible.

Winter pitches need attention in the spring in order to ensure that they are ready for play again by August.  The renovated pitch needs to sustain the whole of the up and coming season’s use. Having a great surface to play both rugby and football on can make a massive different to the performance of a team and consequently the results.

The main processes that should ideally be undertaken upon completion of a season are:

  • Scarification – This is the process used to remove debris, thatch (dead or partially decayed organic matter) and meadow grass from the pitch by raking it. This essential process ensures that the ground is ready for seeding.
  • Deep tine aeration– This process aerates and de-compacts the ground, allowing drainage of excess water and the free movement of air, encouraging deeper root growth.
  • Spiking/slitting – This process will allow surface aeration of the pitch and improve the profile of the soil. Spiking will allow the roots to develop better and therefore assist in the growth of the grass.
  • Top-Dressing – In order to assist with drainage, creating a good seed bed and levels, top-dressing is applied. The correct mix of soil and sand is applied to the pitch according to the pitches requirements
  • Fertilising – In order to optimize plant health/growth and protect against disease.
  • Over- seeding – The correct mix of seed is critical for quick germination and rapid establishment. The whole pitch can be overseeded, or if funds are tight just the pitch centre.

Once your pitch has been reinstated in the spring, then the cutting and maintenance needs to continue. Looking after a pitch correctly and maintaining it throughout the year may seem costly however it is a lot cheaper than having to replace a whole pitch or pay the fines for not providing an adequate playing surface for matches.  You do not need to do all of the above operations every year and we can advise you on the priorities for your pitch, to ensure your budget goes as far as possible.

Remember to plan ahead and if possible decommission a pitch early to allow seed germination in optimal conditions, especially if you do not have access to irrigation equipment and a good water supply.  Very often the ground is too dry for good germination by early May so a sowing in late March/April is always better.

We have all the machinery and expertise to help you with your pitch renovation programme this spring.   If you would like a quote or would like to discuss any of the above processes then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0300 303 8616.

The Wessex Grounds Services Truck

Tractor and equipment for pitch renovations and maintenance.

Considerations of a Landscaping Project.

Landscaping Projects should include considerations before initiation.

As with any project or redesign it is important that your money is well spent. Landscaping is no different whether you are dealing with hard or soft landscaping. Hard landscaping is the term that is used to describe the construction materials and elements in landscaping and the soft landscaping is used to describe the vegetative materials.

When designing your new landscape there are many considerations to be included. It is ok to have an idea or maybe an image of what you would like but then it must be worked out whether it will be feasible in that area, for that purpose and within that budget.

Here are some of the considerations that need to take place with landscaping.

  • Use & Purpose

Considering how the space is to be used. Some space will have more than one purpose. It maybe that the space will be for playing, sports, entertaining, relaxing or a formal area etc. It may require vehicle access on some of it or water features.

  • Who Will Use It

Having established the purpose or purposes of the area then next you need to consider who might be using it. Will it be primarily adults, children, pets or a combination? Will the area need disabled accessibility?

  • Soil Type & Nutrients

It is important to check for soil type before you start planning both the hard & soft elements of your landscaping. For example, it is no good planting a whole load of plants in a soil unsuitable for them as in no time at all they will all die. All that money spent and nothing to show for it. When considering landscaping the soil type is essential to know as it will hold the key to drainage, nutrients and behaviour. This allows one to then know which materials and vegetation will work and flourish.

  • Environment and Climate

You will need to consider which areas are sunny and shady. Work out which ways to face things in terms of maximising scenic views or making the most of the sun. Don’t forget to include the most common wind direction and the contours of the natural landscape especially when considering water flow, amount and drainage.

You will also need to consider any design constraints for example trees that have preservation orders, foundations and utilities etc.

  • Planting Zones

Knowing your zones will allow you to obtain plants that are correct for that location considering the environmental and climatic conditions.

  • Hydro Behaviour

Understanding how water behaves within the area is important. Hydro zoning will allow for plants with similar water requirements to be clustered together. This is also a consideration hard landscaping so that drainage can be created or pooling of water allowed.

  • Style

Last but not least you need to consider the aesthetic appeal and style of the landscaping.

Consider all of the above before initiating your landscaping project. If you are not confident or unsure about your soil type, the drainage or would just like a professional opinion, then please do not hesitate to Wessex Grounds Services on 0300 303 8616.

Wessex Grounds Services – The Green Infrastructure Specialists. 

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