Amenity sprayer awards return for 2016

The Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year 2016 Awards was launched at BTME Harrogate this week.

Andrew Kerr, winner of the 2015 Amenity Sprayer of the Year boom sprayer category. Image: Amenity Forum
Andrew Kerr, winner of the 2015 Amenity Sprayer of the Year boom sprayer category. Image: Amenity Forum

Now in its second year, the awards reward top sprayer operators across the amenity industry while aiming to share their best practice in order to improve industry standards.

The awards are run by the Amenity Forum and are supported by BASIS and sponsors ICL and Syngenta.

Sprayer operators are encouraged to now enter one of four separate categories:
- Sports and amenity turf using boom sprayer
- Sports and amenity turf using hand held equipment
- Hard and porous surfaces using vehicle mounted equipment
-Hard and porous surfaces / Invasive weed species using handheld equipment

Last year's winner of the 'Sports and amenity turf using a boom sprayer' category, Andrew Kerr, is course manager at West Malling Golf Club in Kent. He said the award was a positive recognition
for the club and staff for the investment and attention to detail to consistently achieve accurate and
safe spraying.

"We were pleased to be able to share some of our experiences and practical ideas, but also gained from talking to other operators and the judges, to pick up tips that we can use to further improve results in the future," Kerr said.

Application forms for the competition are available from the Amenity Forum and its industry members supporting the Awards, including ICL and Syngenta, or by downloading from the GreenCast website.

Amenity Forum chairman Professor John Moverley highlighted that accurate and efficient spray application was an integral part of the commitment to fulfil the Sustainable Use Directive.

Best practice in sprayer operation gives better results, giving value for money, reducing the need for retreatment and cutting overall pesticide use, he added.

Successful entrants will be sent a short questionnaire to report on their spraying practices, designed
to identify and highlight examples of best practice, along with individual practical tips and advice
they have implemented.

A shortlist of finalists will be visited by a panel of independent industry specialists to pick the winners. Each winner will receive a Go Pro Hero action video camera, along with £250 of training vouchers for further CPD.

Entry to the Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards has been entered for BASIS and BIGGA CPD
scheme points.

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