The partners including Holt Farms Ltd - Yeo Valley Family Farms, South West Lakes Trust, Quadron Services and fresh produce company G’s put Foamstream through tests in a variety of settings over several months. The South West Water trial is still ongoing and they are currently testing it on dirty water sites.
Yeo Valley Family Farms reported that using Foamstream was up to 75 per cent less time-consuming than the traditional methods – strimming and hand weeding - it had previously employed.
Quadron Services, who have been using Foamstream in public spaces around London such as parks, cemeteries, pavements and pathways, said using the MW-Series cut damage to pavements compared to other methods of weed control.
South West Lakes Trust, which has focused its testing on flat ground filled with unwanted grass and weeds, reported that the treatment of these areas with Foamstream reduced the frequency with which they needed to be treated.
G’s reported a decrease in man-hours needed compared with traditional methods on crops including organic celery, beetroot and onions.
Weedingtech chief executive officer Leo de Montaignac said: "We are incredibly pleased with the results of the Weedingtech Challenge so far.
"The challenge partners have all found Foamstream to be highly efficient and effective on a wide range of weeds and under diverse conditions.
"Crucially, these interim results have also emphasised that our product suits the requirements of a diverse group of organisations with differing needs and goals, but who are united in their desire to make their business operations as sustainable and environmentally responsible as possible.
Tom White of Holt Farms Ltd – Yeo Valley Family Farms said: "We’re proud to be involved in the development of this innovative, environmentally friendly product. We strive to put sustainability and the environment at the heart of everything we do whilst providing the best possible product for our customers.
"Foamstream is a unique form of weed control which will help us to achieve this in a time efficient and cost effective way in places, such as near water, or around our livestock fencing, where it’s simply not an option for us to use traditional herbicide-based alternatives."
Weedingtech is planning to launch the Weedingtech Challenge Europe in the New Year and is talking to potential partners about taking part.