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16th October 2018 Tree Survey
Tree Survey


Tree Surveys


Grounds Maintenance Specialists Ltd are encouraging all schools to carry out tree surveys to satisfy their health and safety obligations and ensure all trees on the school premises are in a safe good condition. The local council used to carry out tree surveys on the schools behalf but this service is reducing greatly and the emphasis for responsibility is being placed back on the school.


We recommend a full tree survey where the trees are tagged, species named with approximate height, age and condition of each tree. Any required work is then quoted and prioritised with a high, medium and low risk; if all the required work is carried out we would then recommend the process be repeated on a 3 year cycle. As your grounds maintenance contractor we would check the trees for any changes in the intervening years.


Please contact us if you would like a quote or discuss having a tree survey carried out. 




5th May 2017 Newsletter Spring 2017
Newsletter Spring 2017

Spring is well and truly in the air......

Now that the football season is coming to a close it is time to consider some summer pitch maintenance.  To ensure your pitches are in the very best possible condition for the start of the new season we recommend: -

Solid Tine Aeration using our solid tine Wiedenmann Terra Spike which mechanically forks the ground breaking up compaction aiding root and grass expansion.

Fertilising spreading fertiliser on the pitches during the growing season helps encourage root expansion; this helps with grass recovery and enables the pitches to be in a better playing condition.  Using the Amazon 300 spreader with a fully computerised system gives accurate and efficient coverage.

Grass over seeding on the more worn areas to improve and help the recovery time of areas such as the goalmouths.

Herbicide application as weeds within the grass can become a problem causing uneven surfaces.  We apply selective herbicides to the pitches to contain the weeds by means of a tractor mounted boom sprayer.

Top dressing helps improve surface levels, stimulate new root and shoot growth and increase soil structure.

Spring and Summer Services

We can supply and deliver: -

  • Silica play sand
  • Compost
  • Hanging baskets
  • Mulch
  • Shrub supply and planting
  • Soil
  • Bedding plants
  • Wood chip

In addition we can help with: -

  • Decking installation
  • Dry stone walling
  • Fencing
  • Mini digger excavation work
  • Pergola supply and construction
  • Raised flower beds
  • Water feature installation

Don't struggle, give us a a call


Soft Wet Pour Rubber Safety Surfacing

Wet Pour Rubber Safety Surfacing is suitable for all playground installations where impact absorbent surfacing is a requirement, up to the appropriate Maximum Free Fall Height.  it can be used around complex configurations of playground equipment and ground contours.

Wet pour surfacing for playgrounds is slip-resistant and non-abrasive to young limbs.  It is porous, so puddles, which can create slippery conditoins in the winder, do not form.

Colourful graphics can be created within the Wet Pour rubber surfacing to any attractive theme you may choose in order to enhance and add considerable play value to your playground.  Games can also be added such as hopscotch, snakes and ladders, alphabet snakes, etc.

Just a reminder....... We are now able to offer a 'handyman' service.  All types of joinery work as well as general repairs, no job is too small for our time served joiner.


13th January 2017 Newsletter Winter 2017

Welcome to 2017

May we take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year and after all the indulgence of the festive period we are ready to get stuck into the New Year.

Winter has arrived but we don't stop!  This is a busy time as we prepare for the spring and summer months ahead.  During the winter season we take the opportunity to service all our equipment so when the grass starts growing we are prepared and ready to continue maintaining your grounds.

Just a few fun facts about us......

We have over 40 lawnmowers!  They comprise of ride on mowers, push mowers, 4 specialist mower machines to cover banks and rough areas, 5 compact tractors and 4 Valtra (130 horse power) tractors that use Trimax Pegasus 6 meter mowers to cut the fields. Over 20 strimmers, 4 mechanical salt spreaders and 8 hand propelled spreaders.

Our pitch marking team walk over 3,000 miles per year marking and over marking football pitches, rugby pitches, running tracks, rounder's tracks etc.  They also use over 6,000 litres of pitch marking paint.

We travel around 360,000 miles a year.  All our vehicles have satellite tracking systems so we know where they are at any one time.  This also helps to plan cost effective and environmentally friendly traveling routes.

Winter Services

We haven't had a bad start to the winter but as any good boy scout will tell you 'be prepared'.

We offer a range of services: -

  • Rock Salt sales and free delivery
  • Path and Car Park Gritting service
  • Snow Clearing
  • Planned preventative or reactive service

Don't struggle, give us a call.

Extra Services

As always we are trying to extend our services beyond Grounds Maintenance to become a 'One Stop' solution for all your facility management needs.  With our range of services we are able to offer free advice and be your first point of contact.

Just talk to us and we'll help you achieve it.  If we can't we probably know someone who can.


At the end of 2016, after numerous enquiries for a gutter and gully cleaning service, we purchased the Sky Vac Gutter Vacuum Cleaning System.

The Sky Vac sucks gutters clean using a powerful wet and dry vacuum system.  Using ultra-light carbon fibre poles means there is a no need for expensive scaffolding, ladders or high access equipment.  With the additional feature of an on board camera this gives precision cleaning up to 12m high.

We can offer a gutter or gully clean as a one off service or to make it more cost effective we recommend you add this service to your annual maintenance contract.  With 2 visits per annum this would help keep your gutters clean, free from leaves, moss and other debris.

Handyman Service

Need a helping hand with some odd jobs?

We are now able to offer a service to help with those little jobs that you never find time to complete.

We can fit blinds, curtain rails, shelving.  Rehang doors, pictures and flat packs.  All types of joinery work as well as general repairs, no job is too small for our time served joiner.

12th September 2016 Press Release




Release: Immediate Date: Sept 12, 2016

Grounds Maintenance Specialists Ltd add Wiedenmann Terra Clean 160

for new school season

One of NE England’s leading grounds maintenance contractors, Grounds Maintenance Specialists Ltd has taken delivery of a Wiedenmann Terra Clean 160.

The Northumberland based company which covers North and South Tyneside, Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland, has a sizeable portfolio of education establishments on its books, with a growing emphasis on artificial maintenance.

Julian Acton, GMS Director, said:

"We have almost 200 school clients all of whom expect a first rate service. Increasingly customers are aware that lifting litter is only part of what needs to be done and they appreciate that with 20 years’ experience we are in a good position to advise.

"Some of the more elite surfaces have around a million filaments per square metre and under the terms of their carpet warranty have to be carefully maintained on a regular basis. Pitch owners are recognising now that if a synthetic pitch is ‘cared for’ then it more likely to achieve its allotted life span.

"Many stand-alone sites aren’t always in a position to maintain their own pitches. In some instances they have nowhere to store machinery or can only afford limited kit. As a contractor we have different machines for specific tasks and are used to devising bespoke programmes where we pick litter, redistribute the infill and deep clean the pitch. At this time of year, leaves and other wind fall get in between fibres and if not removed, their build up can lead to problems with drainage or encourage moss and algal."

The Terra Clean 160 is the fifth Wiedenmann machine in the GMS fleet and will serves as a sweeper, cleaner and collector. It has a cyclone filter system which draws and removes dust cleverly inspired by the engineering solutions pioneered by trucks operating in sandy deserts.

"We wanted this particular machine because it combines both a sieved separation system with a dust cyclone extraction system to filter and remove miniscule deposits. The exceptional deep cleaning capability targets powdered rubber crumb. These tiny, fine particles can cause havoc to a pitch because they seal the playing surface and compact the yarn. Once this happens ball roll and play-abilty is compromised so regular deep cleaning is vital," said Julian Acton.


See Wiedenmann UK at Saltex, Stand A080 at the NEC Birmingham from Nov 2-3, 2016.

For more information please call Val Graham on

0141 586 6789 or 07504 704407 or email

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