Amenity Sprayer Operator 2017 - A day in the life:

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

 

 

Landscape & Amenity Mounted Sprayer operations: Lee Harrison, Complete Weed Control

 

Day in the Life: Landscape & Amenity Mounted Sprayer operations: Lee Harrison, 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 on 23rd January 2018.

Lee joined Complete Weed Control South Wales five years ago. While his previous jobs included roles in hospitality, forestry, a delicatessen and a fishmonger – it’s his role in weed control that is truly his niche. Lee’s precision skills have become legendary within the company, while his paperwork is second to none and no less precise, with an accurate record maintained of every hour of every day of his work. He has expert knowledge of all aspects of pesticide application, particularly calibration.

My day always begins with…

As a contractor, Lee’s workload is very diverse and can take him to a wide range of different sites. However, each day always begins in the same way. Before setting off for a job he always completes the same routine checks. He walks around his vehicle to carry out a visual check and safety assessment. He then loads the chemicals and equipment required for that day’s job, before completing a site assessment.

Typical activities for my day include…

Diversity is again the keyword for Lee’s days! One day he might spray with a knapsack, another might involve a boom application. It all depends on the location and type of treatment required. There’s one common theme however, and that’s driving. With such a big variety in the type of clients, his job takes him far and wide.

My favourite part of the day is…

Lee’s daily challenge is also his favourite part of the day – he often never quite knows what’s ahead, but he enjoys finding out! Last minute changes can also occur, so even a planned job can be switched for something else if priorities change.

I can’t get through the day without…

Lots of coffee! After he arrives on site and makes an assessment of the job, he like to ensure that he knows where his coffee fix will be coming from! Outside of caffeine, Lee believes that clarity and good communication are essential components to getting through the day.

 

 

 

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