The adventure began in 1962 with a family of farmers who were committed to nature and its values. As a young man, Oscar Hege, the youngest son, took up a challenge: to build a nursery and landscaping business. His father believed in him. To show his support, he gave him a piece of his farmland. So, with precious few recourses, this is how Oscar launched his business. Thanks to his hard work and his human qualities, his endeavor quickly became future-proof; his gamble had paid off.
In 1991, Hege Sports et Jardins came into being. It was born from the mariage between the nascent sports field service activity and the long-standing landscaping activity. Over time, the service activity took precedence over the other. And so, over the years, the nursery disappeared.
Professionalism, considerable flexibility, attentive to requests: these are some of the company’s key strengths that its clients gladly point out. Highly focused on delivering excellent services, the team strives to provide equipment of the highest quality. In this perspective, they acquired the entire range of machines for sports fields from the German supplier Fischer.
Thus, the family business entered a new era. Hege Sports & Jardins achieved recognition and a greater profile in its industry field.
Its ability to quickly build up its expertise allowed the company to add a number of references to its order book in 1994. In fact, the cities of Monaco and Toulon placed their trust in Hege Sports et Jardins; they entrusted the company with the task of carrying out deep vertical drainage operations. Accepting this undertaking would require the very best equipment. And so, with a passionate and forward-thinking vision, the team decided to employ a machine unique in France: the Fischer perforator.
Using all these assets and a lot of hard work, they created their own fleet of specialized equipment allowing them to diversify the company’s services and carry out ever more sophisticated work.
This has led the company to open up new possibilities for business.
1996 witnessed the culmination of an ambitious project for Hege Sport & Jardins: the Sportrac 2000 tractor. It was developed and engineered specifically for constructing sports fields. With this, the company firmly established its commitment to the development of specialized equipment. This groundbreaking tool was born in partnership with Horsch, an agricultural equipment manufacturer, and was awarded government subsidies.
In the years that followed, our range of services offered continued to evolve. Its scope expanded to include more and more large-scale projects, each requiring increasingly better adapted equipment. Today, this range now encompasses the creation of natural turf sports fields, the installation of in-ground watering systems, as well as drainage operations. The scale of these projects has made the deployment of adequate resources necessary.
The battle against lawn-choking worm castings was undertaken. The technical team expanded its fleet of equipment by developing a mechanical, chemical-free solution to ridding a turf of its worm castings. In 2009, the initiative ended with a new success; the Joker 184 sportsfield harrow joined the Hege Sport et Jardins family of machines. Engineered and built in-house, and consisting of a height-adjustable tine rake, it is a high precision tool.
This device is proving extremely successful. Handy and eco-friendly, it is particularly popular with local authorities for the maintenance of their sports fields. Over time it has been supplemented with additional attachments and has become very versatile and effective on natural turf, as well as on synthetic and graveled surfaces.
At the current time, a workshop dedicated exclusively to research and development is being built, in which prototypes can be assembled and tested. The next chapter in the Hege Sols Sportifs story will soon commence.
Hege Sports et Jardins has seen many changes since its creation. Its service range is constantly being perfected, but above all, it has expanded to include an important sector dedicated to machine creation. In 2011 it was rebranded and Hege Sols Sportifs assumed the baton.
Modern and passionate, the company is now joined by a third generation of team members. These young newcomers contribute their energy, their passion, and their thirst for learning. The future of the company shines brightly in their hands.