Jason Garlick of JMG Amenity has won the prestigious overall title of Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year (ASOY). The Award was presented by TV personality Naga Munchetty and Amenity Forum Chairman, Professor John Moverley, at a BTME ceremony in Harrogate.
The Leicestershire-based JMG Amenity provides turf care and weed solutions across the east midlands and had previously won the ASOY category for sports turf application.
"Winning Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year is a testament to the commitment and professionalism of all the team involved," said Jason.
"Protecting the environment, our operators, customers and the public is the highest priority for our business," he emphasised. "That is why we place strong emphasis on maintaining the highest possible standards and use only the most up to date equipment.
"It ensures minimal impact on the environment and assures the desired high levels of customer satisfaction."
Quality is paramount at JMG Amenity. All personnel are fully trained and qualified in the correct handling and application of chemicals with all the equipment used.
The business offers agronomy and application services for public and private sector, including golf and all sports venues, leisure facilities, local government, utilities, schools, universities, industrial areas, forestry and other areas requiring vegetation management.
Winners of the ASOY category for Landscape & Industrial applications and overall runners-up in the industry-leading awards were Bournemouth-based Southern Horticulture, with the prize accepted by director, Tony Robinson.
The business specialises provides integrated solutions to invasive weed control and grounds maintenance for a wide range of customers. Protecting the ecology of landscapes during a treatment programme is an important element, advocates Tony.
"In most instances we can actually positively enhance the ecological value of a landscape, whilst still fully completing the original control objectives of customers.
"Winning an ASOY award for the second consecutive year highlights our continual commitment to operating in a safe and sustainable way, for the business, the environment and our customers," he added.
Sothern Horticulture is also an approved instructor and assessor for LANTRA training for land-based industries.
The Amenity Sprayer of the Year awards are organised by the Amenity Forum, sponsored by ICL and Syngenta and supported by BASIS.
It recognises and rewards top sprayer operators across the amenity industry. It aims to raise standards, by identifying the best practice of individuals to enhance results - and share their experiences across the industry.
The ASOY awards now reflect the importance of an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to any issue involving turf and landscape maintenance. "Knowing when not to spray is in many ways as important as the techniques to actually make an application," advised Syngenta Technical Manager, Sean Loakes.
"The skills of sprayer operators to make efficient, effective and above all safe applications is essential for the future sustainability of the amenity and turf care industry. ASOY awards are a welcome way to recognise and reward the leading individuals and to learn from their experience."
ICL Landscape & Industrial Manager, Barry Browne, added: "We are delighted to support such an important cross-sector industry initiative with a continued commitment to raise standards and improve results.
"Importantly it has identified and recognised the range of spray application techniques and the differing skills involved across the amenity sector. It will provide a unique and vitally important resource for all involved in spray application."
Entries for ASOY 2022 will open soon. Look out on the Amenity Forum website for more details and entry form for your chance to win.