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.
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.
Here at ‘Wessex Grounds Services’ we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. We would not and could not exist as a company without you, our very loyal clients and customers and also our super team of employees that have helped grow the business over the last year.
Thank you and we look forward to working with and for you in 2017. Now relax and enjoy Christmas and have a very Happy New Year.
Wessex Grounds Services are delighted to support the Dorset Wildlife Trust and hope that we can help the Trust to make a real difference. In 2015 we undertook some innovative verge enhancement and maintenance trials in West Dorset, in conjunction with the DWT. We are hopeful that these trials will lead to a better understanding of grassland management locally.
One of our winter projects is to give the Dorset wildlife a helping hand by building bug hotels, bird boxes and hedgehog homes. We will be installing these in a number of school grounds.
Tristan Park has now passed his NPTC pesticides exams (PA1 and 6A) as well as his Level 2 Horticultural correspondence course.
Patrick Watts and Tristan Park have both passed their trailer tests in recent months. Well done to both of you! Training is vital and we will be investing heavily over the next three years to ensure our staff are ready for anything.
Jon Booker – Grounds Person – full time from 1st April 2015
Jon has been working with WGS for the past year on a part time basis. We are delighted to announce that Jon will be working full time with effect from 1st April 2015. Jon is reliable and resourceful. He will be working with Tristan and Bradley in West Dorset.
Iain’s new Transit van to be collected on 1st April, ideal for transporting Notts ChildPlay carpet. We have a new trailer on the way (our 4th from Wessex Trailers). New John Deere Ride on Mower, new line markers and brush cutters/strimmers from New Forest Farm Machinery ready for our new season.
Managing Director, Stephen Harris has just ordered a third John Deere 1445 power unit combined with a Trimax cutting unit from New Forest Farm Machinery. This is a first rate ride on cutting combination and will enable us to attend to the new work we have acquired this year with capacity to spare.
Nick Leeming, newly appointed Operations Manager said - “for a small company I have been pleasantly surprised at how well equipped the company is, with a good depot, tractors, gang mowers, four ride on mowers and five cutting decks, not to mention the tractor mounted field care equipment and a vast array of hand held powered equipment. We are ready for anything”.
Welcome to Nick and Nigel who joined the team on 5th January 2015.
Steve says “WGS are here for the long term. We are investing heavily in the business to ensure we provide all of our customers with what they are paying for without the need to chase us. We now have a first class management, technical and business support team - very experienced, innovative and dynamic”.
If you would like to speak to any of the team please feel free to contact them direct:-
Clive – Business Development Manager – email@example.com – 07584297258
The latest recruit to the Wessex Grounds Services team is Clive Sinden, appointed as Business Development Manager. Clive arrives having completed 35 years in Local Authority Parks and Open Spaces and brings with him a wide range of knowledge and experience in the field of Amenity horticulture, landscape and arboriculture. He hopes to help the company progress in securing new work on all scales, short or long term contracts on grounds maintenance, landscape projects or tree works. For an informal chat, estimate or quotation please firstname.lastname@example.org
Wessex Grounds Services is delighted to have gained Altius vendor accreditation following a rigorous, independent assessment process.
Stephen Harris, Wessex Grounds Services Managing Director said: “Health and Safety is of paramount importance to Wessex Grounds Services. Achieving Altius accreditation demonstrates this and also provides our customers with the complete assurance that we have all the necessary health and safety systems, insurance coverage and other requirements in place.”
For further information about Altius accreditation visit their website.
Wessex Grounds Services is celebrating the completion of the first phase of an exciting landscaping project in Somerset. The 7.8 acre garden has been redesigned and rejuvenated by award winning garden designer Arne Maynard. Working in collaboration with other specialist contractors WGS provided hard and soft landscaping services to the first phase of the project. For more information about our landscaping services contact us.
WGS is delighted to be working with a number of schools from 1 April. These new contracts are across Dorset and include schools in Christchurch as well as the north, west and east of the county. In preparation for these new contracts we have held two successful recruitment days in Dorchester and Blandford to increase our number of employees. We have been ordering extra equipment to support our new staff teams and await the delivery of an additional Mitsubishi L200 as well as a Teagle fertiliser spreader, Sisis Quadraplay and a Redexim Charterhouse Overseeder in the next couple of weeks. Our success in securing new work isn’t purely down to offering the most competitive price, customers are reassured that we are investing in our staff through the Living Wage accreditation as well as investing in new equipment and machinery which allows us to provide a reliable, efficient and innovative service.
In addition to our new school contracts we have also recently acquired the contract to provide the grounds maintenance at three Dorset Sure Start centres as well as a three year grass cutting contract for Dorchester town council cemeteries. As the approved installer for Notts Sport synthetic surfacing in the south west we are receiving a steady stream of surfacing enquiries and orders. This work relies on dry weather so we’re pleased to see a break in the rain as we are about to install a new play area for Wychavon District Council. We are also gearing up for spring sports pitch renovations, as the Rugby Football Union’s grounds maintenance contractor for Dorset we’ll have a number of pitches to work on across the county.
If you would like to find out more about Wessex Grounds Services please contact us.
Wessex Grounds Services has today become one of the first organisations in this region and sector to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is based on the amount that an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living. Accountancy firm KPMG has reported that 20% of all workers in the UK, nearly five million people, are paid below it.
The Living Wage campaign has been running for ten years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty. An independent study of the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%. 66% of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation. 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organisation’s commitment to be an ethical employer.
Rebecca Vaughan, Office Manager at WGS said “Wessex Grounds Services is proud to become a living wage employer, we value every employee and we are committed to ensuring that all staff, permanent and subcontracted, are paid at least the Living Wage.”
Rhys Moore Director of the Living Wage Foundation added “The benefits the Living Wage brings to staff and business are clear. I welcome the leadership shown by Wessex Grounds Services on this important issue.”
We have just experienced one of the wettest winters in recent years which has turned even good quality pitches into bogs. Wessex Grounds Services are the RFU’s grounds maintenance contractor for Dorset, we can provide a range of services to maintain and improve your pitch. One off programmes of work are available as well as annual grounds maintenance services. Both of these options are tailored to the specific requirements of your club’s pitch and budget. Read more about our sports pitch services here
Wessex Grounds Services is an ambitious organisation providing grounds maintenance services across Dorset and landscaping and safety surfacing throughout the south west.
We’re looking for enthusiastic people to join our outdoor team as well as experienced office staff. Drive, enthusiasm and a real commitment to customer services are essential. We have vacancies for grounds staff, landscapers, gardeners, tractor drivers, foremen, charge hands and office staff.
Permanent or casual contracts are available. We offer a good salary with fulltime or flexible, part time hours.
We have two recruitment days in February and casual contracts starting in January. Visit the work for us page on our website.
January has been very busy for Wessex Grounds Services and we are delighted to announce new contracts with Dorchester Town Council and Sure Start. WGS will be providing grounds maintenance services to Dorchester cemeteries over the next three years, we will also be providing grounds maintenance and landscaping work to several Sure Start sites in the Dorchester area. Wessex Grounds Services have also secured a major landscaping project in partnership with Acre Landscapes, Himalayan Landscaping and Green Haven at a prestigious manor house in south Somerset.
There is still time for local authorities to contact us to quote for 2014 – 2015 grounds maintenance contracts, most of which are due for renewal in April. Contact us as soon as possible to arrange a no obligation site visit.
Wessex Grounds Services have completed their first collaboration with Himalayan Landscaping to provide landscaping and project support on a large garden near Lyme Regis, West Dorset. Iain Hewitt, Operations Manager explains:
“I have always admired Himalayan Landscaping’s work who have assisted with many RHS gold medal show gardens. This project involved the construction of a large woodland garden designed by Hugo Bugg, RHS young designer of the year 2010, with the construction of timber bridges, board walks and the planting of over 10,000 shrubs and bulbs.”
Wessex Grounds Services are the Notts Sport approved installer for the south west region and we continue to receive positive feedback about our synthetic surface installation. Our most recent artificial play surface work, in Tisbury Wiltshire, involved removing and replacing the old play surface as well as installing new shock pads underneath the surface. Our customer was delighted with the finished result: “I know our client is also very happy with everything and the MUGA has been in use whenever the weather has been benevolent enough”.
Wessex Grounds Services continues to invest heavily in new equipment for all areas of business. Following extensive on site trials recent purchases include:
Winter maintenance and landscaping
Two new 4×4 Mitsubishi L200 trucks. Access all areas!
Three John Deere Ride on mowers with a variety of cutting attachments to enable us to tackle every mowing situation with ease and safety.
A range of new Stihl chainsaws and protective equipment to keep us efficient and safe.
A range of sports renovation equipment is about to be ordered (ready for Spring renovation), including spiker, harrow, roller, overseeder and fertiliser spreaders. These will compliment the 60HP tractor and deep tine aerator supplied by the RFU and will increase options available to local Rugby, football, sports clubs and schools in the Dorset area resulting in better quality pitches in Dorset.
Winter maintenance arrangements are now in place at the Sir John Colfox School, Bridport. Wessex Grounds Services are providing salt bins, salt supply and spreading services when required at cost effective rates. Rob Buchanan, Estates Manager at the school said: “We appreciate the very competitive costs provided by Wessex Grounds Services for the supply of grit and salt bins”.
Wessex Grounds Services recently took delivery of two brand new 4×4 vehicles in order to provide the best winter maintenance service to its customers. We are able to offer winter maintenance services to existing and new customers, contact us for more information.