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At the Amenity Forum conference in October we listened to the highly inspirational, Professor John Moverley OBE, Chairman of the Amenity Forum, passionately delivering his thoughts on the amenity sector – he explains where it was, where it is now and where we need to be.

The Forum is the national voluntary initiative promoting best practice in all aspects of weed, pest and disease control, and Complete Weed Control is extremely supportive of the collective body that represents such a diverse industry.

It is a great atmosphere, we share ideas, listen to informative speakers and feel proud to participate in such a key movement that spreads the word about how the work we are involved in, affects everyday life.

An impassioned, John Moverley OBE, delivers a great speech on the combined efforts within the amenity sector and confidently states “we can’t change the past but we can influence the future”.


Soon into the event it is time to reveal the winners of Sprayer Operator of the Year, in three different categories. The main sponsors of the awards are ICL and Syngenta.

It is the third year of the prestigious awards, which aim to reward top sprayer operators across the amenity industry and to share their best practice to enhance standards for all.

Over the past year, sprayer operators from all over the UK have been entering, and the winners were:


Landscape & Industrial: Using a vehicle sprayer: Lee Harrison – Complete Weed Control

Landscape & Industrial: Using a knapsack sprayer: Nathan Hume – SH Goss Ltd

Sports turf: Using a knapsack/boom sprayer: Chris Phillips – Complete Weed Control


We are thrilled that two out of the three winners are from the Complete Weed Control team!

Left to right, Lee Harrison, Alan Abel and Chris Phillips from Complete Weed Control.


Each winner announced at the event received a framed certificate and a trophy from the sponsors, together with the offer of free training awarded by BASIS Registration.

The overall winner of the Amenity Forum Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards, is set to be announced at BTME 2018 in Harrogate, where the three category winners will attend the Welcome Reception to hear the announcement. Not only will the winner receive the Amenity Forum Shield from Forum chairman, Professor John Moverley, but they will also have a number of fantastic prizes to choose from which include:

Flights, accommodation and entry to GCSAA 2018 San Antonio, Texas. Flights, accommodation and entry to GIE Expo 2018 Louisville, Kentucky, or ICL / Syngenta products to the value of £2,000.

Mark Pyrah from ICL presents Chris Phillips with his award.


Chris Phillips, Director of the South and Central Wales operation, has been widely praised for his work on golf courses and street pavement herbicide application. He states “I am extremely proud to have won this category and believe it is a major achievement in my career so far. Our business has gone from strength to strength and I feel that our commitment to best practice guidelines, attention to detail and high levels of customer service contribute hugely to our success.”

Lee Harrison, who is described as a highly motivated and extremely knowledgeable member of the team agreed with Chris, and commented that he is “simply committed to doing each and every job to the best of his ability”. He also said “it is fantastic to be rewarded for my application of best practice methods, as I have always been proud to work to a very high standard. This accolade not only confirms that we are working to the highest standards that we can, as a team, but also sets industry benchmarks”.

The Complete Group team also want to congratulate Nathan Hume of SH Goss Ltd on his win.

Speaking about the awards, John Moverley comments: “We are extremely grateful to the sponsors of these awards who are members of the Forum and fully supportive of all our objectives. The awards highlight the professionalism that exists in our sector and the high standards achieved. I congratulate all who entered and especially the winners.”

The entire Complete Weed Control network wish Chris and Lee all the very best ahead of the overall winner announcement in January. What a great way to end one year and start another!


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