Winners announced in Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards

Pesticide sprayers from across the turf, green space, railways and highways sectors have triumphed in this year's Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards, including the awards' first woman winner.

Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Award winners gather at the Amenity Forum Conference
Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Award winners gather at the Amenity Forum Conference

The awards, given by the Amenity Forum during its annual conference today, highlight where operatives have shown exceptional skill and experience, demonstrated best practice and sprayed safely in amenity settings.

Jason Garlick of JMG Amenity, Leicester won Sports and Amenity Turf using a Boom Sprayer, with Liam Evans of Royal St Georges Golf Club in Sandwich taking runner up.

Winner of the Sports and Amenity turf using hand-held equipment award was Hazel Johnson from Hortech, with  Gary Watts of greenthumb Beverley, Hull, as runner up.

Mark Sanders of JSD Rail Workington, won the Hard and Porous Surfaces using Vehicle Mounted Equipment award.

James Carter of DTMS Group, Yorkshire won Hard and Porous Surfaces or Invasive Weed Species using Hand-Held Equipment category.

Forum chair, John Moverley said: "It has been evident that all the entrants have consistently shown outstanding skills and work to very high standards, to achieve the best possible results. The selected finalists have proved worthy winners by demonstrating that best practice can deliver efficient, cost effective and accurate amenity spraying."

From next year, the forum is introducing a ‘best of the best’ category, with the top spraying operative winning a trip to the US turf show and £250 of training vouchers and a year’s free membership of the BASIS Amenity Training Register. 

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