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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 09.03.21Wessex Grounds Services reposition treeWessex Grounds Services Landscaping Project in Dorset

 

Replace Carpet in a Playground

Haydon Wick Parish Council in Swindon replace worn out play surface in it’s park.

Wessex Grounds Services won the contract to replace an area of carpet within the Haydon Wick Parish Council, Swindon park and to install 4 play panels.

Here are some images of the installation and results. 

Playboards installed to a park in SwindonPlayboards installed to a park in Swindon

 

Playground in Swindon having new carpet laid.New carpet laid at children's play park in Swindon

If you require advice or a quote for renewing or repairing, designing or maintenance for your parks and playgrounds  call us on 0300 303 8616.

 

3G Pitch Installation – Waterside Holiday Park, Weymouth

We are pleased to be the preferred supplier to install a 3G football pitch at Waterside’s Holiday Park at Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth.

Stages of the work below from importing the sand, levelling the base to full footie action!

Building of MUGA (multi use games area) - Waterside Holiday Park, Weymouth                    Levelling the MUGA area at Waterside Holiday Park- Weymouth                  3G MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) at Waterside Holiday Park - Weymouth