How billions of blades of grass can boost your mood

Our Grounds Maintenance teams help create and maintain inviting and inspiring grounds at thousands of sites across the UK. Working to improve the quality of life and productivity of everyone who enjoys them.

MAINTENANCE GROUNDED IN SCIENCE – FOR THE BEST RESULTSMaintenance Grounded in Science For the Best Results

At Sodexo, we understand clients want results, so our experts draw on academic research to create surroundings that genuinely improve quality of life.

Take our corporate clients for instance; where proper grounds maintenance and plant-rich offices are used to help boost employees’ mood and motivation.

LITTLE TOUCHES FOR BIG DIFFERENCES

When you’re trying to concentrate at work, it’s the little things that often help the most. We’ve discovered something as simple as the careful placement of a few bright plants around the office can help boost the mood of employees substantially.

Contributing towards increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and employees that feel overall more motivated. Vibrant, natural grounds don’t just lift the people who work there either – they also create a positive impression on visitors.

INCREDIBLE WORK AT AFFORDABLE PRICES

Of course, we also understand the importance of providing cost effective grounds maintenance solutions. Especially for those with large grounds. One client- a UK council who wanted to raise standards - struggled with balancing their responsibility to their community with huge spending cuts. With 470 acres of open space, woodland, play and sports facilities to maintain, it was a massive undertaking for the council to handle alone.

Incredible Work at Affordable PricesSo we decided to embrace the local community spirit and passion for their public parks by asking the locals to get involved. A team of volunteers and apprentices helped with all garden maintenance services. Including children from a local autistic group who put the experience towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Not only did the experience bring the neighbourhood together for a common cause, it’s also saw the council’s parks scoop three major awards. All without the expense they’d initially anticipated.


WHAT DO GREEN FINGERS AND BIG BRAINS HAVE IN COMMON?

With Sodexo Horticultural Services maintaining more than 1,400 different sites in the UK, our landscapers have to tackle a massively diverse selection of different jobs. Each with their own, unique requirements needs. Meaning our multi-talented landscape professionals have to be experts in all things natural – from grassland and forestry, to conservation and habitat management. And they’re always happy to think big.

BRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER

Our ambitious approach means no job is too big. And there’s a reason for that. Big jobs mean big opportunities for the local community. So when we cut 1.5million square metres of grass for a major UK housing trust every fortnight, we also employ 31 staff from the local town to get the job done. Eight of whom are apprentices studying NVQ Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Horticulture.

“We know that good grounds maintenance is a big contributor to tenant experience... People feel it keenly if grass is uncut and flowerbeds unkempt.”

 

LAUNCHING YOUNG MINDS WITH ROCKET GARDENSLaunching Young Minds With Rocket Gardens

Our work for another UK council is just as varied. With Sodexo Horticultural Services tending to everything from vending machines and flower beds to cemeteries and seasonal displays. Not to mention the 24 football pitches, or the weekly shingle-clearing from the harbour to ensure boats can launch safely. We’ve even cultivated Rocket Gardens in each of the 27 local schools, so children can grow their own fruit and vegetable patches and understand about sustainability.


ASKING THE PEOPLE THAT MATTER, WHAT REALLY MATTERS

Asking the People That Matter What Really Matters

At Sodexo, we believe in listening to the people we’re helping. At a housing association for elderly residents, we hold regular meetings with residents to find out if there is anything we could be doing better, no matter how small.

“The nature of this contract is very emotive,” says the client.

“It’s not just about delivering a service to the community; it’s also about having the personal touch. Sodexo provides an important service to residents and we are happy with the partnership that is in place and the progress being made with service delivery.”

 

MUCH MORE THAN JUST MOWING LAWNS

As with all our integrated facilities management teams, it’s all part of our dedication to providing a service that improves Quality of Life for all our clients. Because we believe in finding and creating practical solutions that go beyond simple logistical issues.

We believe what we do means much more than trimming hedges or mowing football pitches. It’s about helping people, bringing together communities and aiding organisations to invest in the legacy of their surroundings.

And in doing so, helping to improve the morale, productivity and effectiveness of the people who occupy them.

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