Kelvin Mason – Senior Consultant

Wessex Grounds Services - Kelvin Victor MasonKelvin Victor Mason - Consultant at WGSWessex Grounds Services are absolutely delighted to announce the newest member of the WGS team and our Senior Consultant, Kelvin Mason.

Kelvin is an excellent horticulturist and he and Stephen have worked together previously at Brighton Parks Department.  His first project is working on a local authority plant nursery relocation project in the Manchester area but he will be available to assist with horticultural projects in the South of England in 2019.

Kelvin’s qualifications are too numerous to mention but suffice to say he has the Master of Horticulture (RHS), an I.L.A.M (Dip) and an O.N.D Amenity Horticulture (Distinction) to name but a few.

He is also a member of the Institute of Horticulture, the Institute of Groundsmanship, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Arboricultural Association and has a wealth of experience and knowledge spanning over 30 years and which is second to none.

He is also a part-time tutor with the Horticultural Correspondence College in Devon where he tutors, amongst other things, both Level 2 and Level 3 Royal Horticultural Society Courses and ABC Level 2 Arboriculture and Forestry Courses.

And if that were not enough, Kelvin also teaches RHS Level 2 Practical Horticulture Courses and Level 3 Practical Courses at Sparsholt College in Hampshire.

During what little time he has left he loves to tend to his own garden and fit in a bit of long distance running.

Please join us in welcoming Kelvin to our team.  We hope that many existing and new customers will benefit from his extensive expertise and knowledge over the coming years.

If you would like to talk to Kelvin, please get in touch with us directly on 0300 303 8616 or email enquiries@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk.

Wessex Grounds Services - Kelvin Victor Mason

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing in the Latest Technology

“Wessex Grounds Services continue to invest in the very latest technology.  We have replaced our previous gang mower with a brand new Trimax Pegasus S4 roller mower, supplied by New Forest Farm Machinery, just in time for the new grass cutting season.

Our tractor driver Raymond Larder was quick to point out that the new machine has already reduced our fuel consumption by at least 20% based on onboard tractor computer analysis  and significantly increased productivity on site, so the machine is definitely good for the environment as well as our commercial success.

Raymond now has a first class armoury of equipment to compliment his new Deutz Fahr tractor.  He can cut large fields quickly and to a superb standard, he can overseed, deep tine, fertilise and scarify pitches as well as cut field hedges with his new Bomford long reach hedgecutter.

MD Stephen Harris added that although this equipment was expensive he was absolutely committed to increasing standards, improving efficiency and reducing the company’s carbon footprint.”

Image of a carbon footprintSANYO DIGITAL CAMERAWessex's New Roller Mower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carbon reducing roller mower

Red Trimax Roller Mower

 

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.

MUGA – Totnes, Devon

Surfacing of a MUGA for a School in Totnes, Devon

Wessex Grounds Services undertook the surfacing for Rhino Play Limited, based in Newton Abbot.  As we are a recommended Notts Sport installer, Notts Sport introduced us to quote for the customer and we won the work.

The MUGA design was requested by On Track Education based in Totnes, and in conjunction with Rhino Play and Notts Sport the design was agreed.  Wessex Grounds Services were sub contracted for the surfacing aspect of the work.

The work was planned and started on Tuesday 3rd Jan straight after the Xmas break. The weather was one factor that could have hampered this project however on this occasion we were lucky as the weather was lovely and sunny the first week back to work so the project was completed on target and on budget.

we did last week for a school in Totnes, Devon. We started this fresh in the New Year on Tuesday 3rd Jan and finished it on Thursday 5th Jan.  This is a MUGA (multi use games area) that can be used for a variety of sports.

VHAF NottsSward 1300 Grass Green carpeting was used.

Carpet laid in MUGA in Totnes, Devon

Reflective Area Installed – St. Mary’s School, West Moors

Adding a Reflective Area.

St. Mary’s School, West Moors asked Wessex Grounds Services to quote for installing a refective area within their school grounds. Wessex Grounds Services were awarded the job and have since completed the works.

The following images show the new reflective area.

View from outside the reflective area at st. Mary's SchoolInside view of the Reflective Area, constructed for St. Mary's School, West Moors.

Reflective Area at St. Mary's School, West MoorsWest Moors, St. Mary's School's Reflective Area

Wessex Grounds Services can help design and install a reflective area for your school. We can also help you revive other areas of your playgrounds. For more information please call 0300 303 8616 or drop us an email - enquiries@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk

Children’s Playground Freshened Up

Synthetic carpeting used to freshen up and make an existing children’s playground more child friendly.

Recently a Dorset school requested their playground to be freshened up and in the process making the surface more child friendly, using synthetic carpeting. Wessex Grounds Services recently carried out the work.

The following image is part way through the transformation, but it clearly shows the great results that synthetic carpet with great design and landscaping can achieve.

Synthetic carpet installed in a Dorset school playground

Wessex Grounds Services can cover most designs previously set in harder surfaces i.e. wet pour or tarmac. For more information please call 0300 303 8616 or drop us an email - enquiries@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk

We are delighted to support the Dorset Wildlife Trust

Dorset Wildlife Trust Logo

 

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.

WGS welcomes Nick Leeming and Nigel Beckett to the team

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 – clive@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk – 07584297258

Amanda – Office Manager – amanda@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk – 07795515864

Iain – Operations Manager (West) – iain@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk – 07920452102

Nick – Operations Manager (East) – nick@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk – 07825137943

Nigel – Business Support Officer – nigel@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk – 07920407078

 

Wishing you all a successful New Year

Steve Harris, Managing Director

 

 

 

Wessex Grounds Services welcomes Clive Sinden to the team

Clive Sinden

 

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 email clive@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk