Oakleaf Grounds Services
Oakleaf Grounds Services deliver a complete landscaping, grounds care and arboricultural service to customers in the West Midlands area in both the public and private sectors.
Our experience of working in highly regulated sectors means that we are performance and quality driven. We ensure that we meet our customer's key performance targets and deliver a value for money service. Our teams are passionate about their work and their experience in the commercial sector means they can maintain high levels of customer satisfaction, meeting all performance targets.
We are currently contractors for a number of local authorities, schools/colleges, commercial premises and housing associations across the region, and are proud of our reputation for delivering efficient and quality services at competitive prices. Our range of services include:
- Full grounds care service
- Planting and landscaping
- Pitch marking and playing field maintenance
- Tree care and management
- Winter maintenance
We are accredited to a number of trade and industry associations, including BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries), HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) and APL (Association of Professional Landscapers). We also hold ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001, as well as being members of CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme). These associations have independently assessed our services against their standards to ensure we comply with their membership requirements.
If you have any queries, or require further information, please contact us on 0800 169 5454 or email email@example.com.
We look after the grass cutting and mowing of all different types and size of grass/ lawn area including parks, communal gardens, communal grassed areas on housing estates, school grounds and sports pitches.
Ensuring your lawn is maintained in top condition but also to clear and tidy grassy areas from weeds and long grass is our priority. We have modern and well maintained fleet of mowers and equipment that can suit the demands of any job and using our onsite mechanic, to make sure we always have the right tool for the job and don't lose time due to mechanical failure.
We can offer:
- Rotary and cylinder cuts – for a park-like finish on any size of area
- Rough flail cutting – ideal for meadows or areas which are overgrown
- Strimming – in hard to reach areas by hedging, close to walls etc. We take particular care when strimming close to trees, to ensure that damage does not occur to the bark
We can provide a regular grass cutting service to any size or area including:
- Sports pitches
- School grounds
- Communal grassed areas on housing estates
- Communal gardens
- Grass verges
Also available is a complete lawn care service which includes laying turf, shaping and top dressing, as well as artificial turf maintenance.
Hard and Soft Landscaping
We understand the value of attractive and well maintained green areas, and the need to ensure that the plants and planting schemes are appropriate to the environment they exist within.
We specialise in planting schemes which will provide colour and interest throughout the year, including sensory gardens for care homes, nursing homes and schools.
As part of our service, we will maintain existing planting schemes including soil treatments to encourage maximum growth. We can design soft landscaping schemes, including ornamental lawns and tree planting as well as install and maintain water features, ponds and small water courses. We can also design and install hard landscaping features such as decking, patios and fencing.
We provide playing field and sports pitch management to number of schools and sports associations, and we understand how maintaining a sports pitch is important to those who use them. Our services include:
- Site levelling and grading
- Aeration/verti draining/slitting to improve drainage
- Reseeding and top dressing
- Selective weed treatment
- Fertiliser application
- Replacement of turf
- White line markings for all types of pitches or running tracks
- Regular mowing programme
- Artificial turf maintenance
We will also project manage the installation of new play equipment, develop new sites and maintain and inspect play equipment.
All our teams are Enhanced DBS checked as we know how important it is to be aware of security requirements when working in schools or with vulnerable clients. Our staff also wear uniforms and carry identification so that they can be easily recognised, and all of our vehicles carry the Oakleaf Grounds Services branding.
We provide a complete maintenance and design service to complement and enhance the local environment. Our experienced gardeners select the most appropriate plants for the soil type and location, which will provide interest and colour throughout the year. The service will also include pruning, shaping, planting, fertilizing and weed removal.
We will carry out maintenance programmes to your specification or will design a seasonal plan which will ensure that you get the very best from your planting scheme.
Shrub bed maintenance
- Clipping and shaping of shrubs and plants
- Weeds removed and environmentally friendly herbicides applied
- Soil treated with fertilisers
- Clippings removed from site and recycled
- Litter removal
We carry out hedge care and hedgerow management in line with conservation and wildlife preservation regulations.
- Trimming and shaping
- Irrigation and fertilisation to encourage strong growth
- Replacement hedges or gaps filled
- Flail cutting and re-shaping using machines or by hand
- Coppicing to ground level to encourage natural growth
- Replacement hedgerow using native species and rooted plugs, to encourage rapid growth
Our Building Cleaning & Hygiene Service covers both internal and external works by our specialist teams.
The type of work undertaken includes:
- Site clearance – including fly tipping and litter picking
- Bulky refuse removal – including the correct disposal of white goods
- Sweeping and litter removal from communal areas, shopping precincts and school/college grounds
- Jet wash high pressure cleaning of paved or concrete areas
- Weed removal and prevention from paved and block paved areas
Gritting and Snow Clearance
Part of the County Council's and District Council's Emergency Planning Response Team, we have a formal protocol agreement with Wyre Forest District Council. The Emergency Planning Protocol covers incidents such as flooding, flood prevention, heat waves and winter gritting and snow removal. As some of our Group's housing stock is at risk of flooding, we are the Groups response unit and provide jointly with the council sand bags and on site response to emergencies. An out of hour's response service is part of our core business activity.
Winter Gritting Service
We currently provide a winter gritting service to Wyre Forest Community Housing, servicing their sheltered housing schemes, strategic sites and offices totalling approx 22 locations which includes providing labour, equipment and route management and sundries (salt/grit). We also supply a similar service to 3 PFI (Private Finance Initiative Constructed and Managed Facilities) schools in association with the schools facility management company.
All of the above works are carried out on a priority basis from 5.00 am until completion.
Gritting and Snow Clearance Trigger Mechanisms
Our response to the above is triggered via the Met Office and Environment Agency which is connected to Wyre Forest District Council and we monitor 24 hours a day. We use other trigger mechanisms including local radio, internet based reports and communications with the County Council Highways Department. We suggest applying grit, dependant on anticipated temperatures and the temperatures recorded over the proceeding period, taking into account not just air temperatures but ground temperatures which can trigger ice and slippery conditions. We agree a temperature trigger with the client, but we advocate taking a more comprehensive approach which takes into account; temperatures, site conditions, wind chill and future forecasting. All of the above is discussed with the client to deliver an effective service. We always ensure that we carry substantial grit stocks in ready filled bags, for ease of distribution.
Oakleaf Grounds Services offer a full arboricultural service for both commercial and private clients.
Our team of experienced climbers and qualified tree surgeons provide a complete tree care service from complete removal, general pruning and shaping, to simply taking away damaged branches from disease or storm damage.
- Tree Felling
- Emergency branch/limb removal following storm damage or disease
- Pruning and shaping
- Stump Grinding and Removal
- Crown Lifting, Cleaning and Thinning
- New planting with appropriate species or replacement planting to match existing
- Our specialist "chipping" machine means that all waste is processed onsite and removed for recycling
All our work is covered by Public Liability Insurance of up to £5m, as well as Professional Indemnity Insurance. Our teams are all City and Guilds and NPTC qualified, and fully compliant with all Health and Safety Regulations for working practices and the operation of machinery, including chainsaws and rigging equipment.
Many trees are covered by a Tree Preservation Order or are within a Conservation Area. For both, planning consent is required from your local Planning Authority before works can commence. We can help provide you with advice and act on your behalf to discuss any specifications and we can even make the application to the relevant authority.
We also offer other services such as fencing, hedge trimming, removal and planting of hedges and other landscaping services.
Keith Burgess - Executive Business Manager
Keith is a member of Executive Management Team, with responsibility for the strategic management of Oakleaf Grounds Services, Oakleaf Doors and Windows and associated business activities.
Jez Anstey - Operations Manager (Grounds)
Responsible for all operational matters regarding grounds maintenance, building cleaning and the operation of the motor vehicle fleet.
Peter Minton - Senior Contracts Manager
Peter is Oakleaf's chief technical manager. He is responsible for contract management, landscape design and landscape projects together with the preparation of quotations for external works.
Spencer Harcombe - Contracts Manager
Spencer is responsible for the management of external contracts and is Oakleaf's principal arboricultural expert.
Kevin Beard - Contracts Manager
Responsible for the management of contracts in particular the contract and services delivered to Wyre Forest Community Housing Limited, which includes grounds maintenance, and play area maintenance and inspection. The post-holder also co-ordinates delivery of the Neighbourhood Strategy works for WFCH.
Sally Baker - Cleaning and Quality Standards Manager
Sally manages our quality performance standards (ISO 9001/14001 and OSHAS 18001) and our cleansing operation in relation to voids, communal areas and offices. Sally is also responsible for the facility management of the Finepoint site.
Chad Hamilton - Supervisor
This post oversees the delivery of the grounds maintenance service to Wyre Forest Community Housing Limited. It also has responsibility for the management of the commercial fleet on behalf of Oakleaf and the Groups subsidiaries.
Andy Nelson - Supervisor
Andy is responsible for the supervision of employees delivering contracts to clients in the Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Worcester areas.
Simon Fairbanks - Supervisor
Simon is responsible for delivering services to external clients throughout the West Midlands, predominantly from our operating bases in West Bromwich and Castle Vale, Birmingham.
Steph Wyers - Team Administrator
Steph is responsible for providing administrative support as well as being part of Oakleaf's IT user group and aids the development of IT processes, and system utilisation.
Clare Wilson - Team Administrator
This post provides administrative support to the contracts managers, liaising with the administrative support staff of clients in relation to invoicing and job costing. This post also provides administrative support for the arboricultural service.
Mandy Mountford - Commercial Services Administrator
Mandy is responsible for providing administrative support to the Executive Business Manager and Contracts Managers, assisting with fleet matters, preparation of KPI's and preparing tender documentation etc.