Amenity Sprayer Operator 2017 - A day in the life of:

Meet the three category winners

At our Annual Conference on Thursday 12th October 2017, we announced the three category winners for the 2017 Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards. Sponsored by ICL and Syngenta, this is the third year of running our prestigious awards which aim to recognise top sprayer operators across the amenity industry, to share their best practice to enhance standards for all and to demonstrate the professionalism within our sector.

The overall winner will be announced at the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition which takes place at the end of January 2018. Here’s a recap of the three category winners and runners up…

Sportsturf category

·         Winner - Chris Phillips, Complete Weed Control

·         Runner Up - Andy Baker from Ely Golf Club

Landscape & Amenity Knapsack Operations category

·         Winner - Nathan Hume who works for SH Goss Ltd.

·         Runner Up - Tony Robinson from Southern Horticulture

Landscape & Amenity Mounted Sprayer operations

·         Winner - Lee Harrison from Complete Weed Control

·         Runner Up - Robert Alexander from JSD Rail

 

Sportsturf category: Chris Phillips, Complete Weed Control

A Day in the Life: Sportsturf category winner: Chris Phillips, Complete Weed Control

At our Annual Conference on Thursday 12th October 2017 we announced the three category winners for the 2017 Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards. Sponsored by ICL and Syngenta, this is the third year of running our prestigious awards which aim to reward top sprayer operators across the amenity industry, and to share their best practice to enhance standards for all. The overall winner will be announced at the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition on 23rd January 2018.

Chris Phillips, Director of CWC Central & South Wales, was our category winner for fine turf spraying.  Within CWC, fine turf spraying accounts for around 40% of the franchise’s work. The world-class golf course at Celtic Manor golf is among CWC’s clients, alongside many other golf course, sports pitches and bowling greens across southern and central Wales. Industrial and municipal weed control remains the primary part of the business. Chris operates most of the company’s fine turf spraying.

My day always begins with…

An early start! In the summer months, I often start my working day at 4am. It’s a nice and quiet part of the day, suited to spraying as the winds are usually at their lightest, and I can get started before the golfers begin their first round. However, it does involve some preparation the night before. So at the end of the previous day, I always prepare for the following morning, and ensure that the machinery is ready to make the most of the early start.

Typical activities for my day include…

Chris is responsible for the majority of CWC’s fine turf spraying. He’s a strong advocate of accurate application, and regards it as key to maintaining product approvals as well as providing protection for the environment. He said, “We need these products to maintain high quality playing surfaces; if we don’t get it right there’s a greater risk that legislation will further restrict their use. With latest spraying techniques and machinery, we can be far more precise about targeting the areas we actually want to control. That means getting better value from the product applied, and avoiding impact on the surrounding environment.”

My favourite part of the day is…

My favourite part of the day is the early morning.  I love the tranquillity of that time of day and it allows me to crack on with the job in hand.  It also gives me a little time to myself to help me plan the rest of my day and think about the things that need doing, and how best to tackle them.

I can’t get through the day without…

I couldn't get through the day without a couple of things really. My two business partners are a huge support to me. One of them being my wife (Sarah) and the other being Alan Abel who is a wealth of experience and knowledge who I can call on. I also love my radio! Music helps me stay upbeat and positive, and helps the hours go past during the long days.

 

 

 

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