Sheriff Makes Pesticide Use More Professional

The successful candidates pictured after completing their BASIS Foundation Award in Amenity and Horticulture

Leading turf care and sports equipment suppliers in the UK Sheriff Amenity proudly announces a 100% pass rate for turf professionals for the BASIS Foundation Award in Amenity and Horticulture, raising the knowledge of pesiticides among professional users.

Nine candidates from clubs and organisations around the country were supported by Bayer and Everris during the three-day course which was conducted by the STRI's Head of Research Dr. Ruth Mann at BTME Harrogate and the STRI HQ at Bingley.

The candidates learnt recently of their success in the exam which was set by BASIS, the independent organisation which sets, maintains and assesses pesticide production and usage.

"We helped support candidates through the course in association with Sherriff Amenity," said Eleanor Jenks, National Account Manager at Bayer.

“We feel that it is important to support education within the industry and continued professional development. We are very pleased for the candidates and congratulate them on their success.”

The full list of award winners is:

Mike Bush of St Mellion Golf Club, Cornwall
Derek Hunter, Marriott golf resorts
Mark Todd, Wildernesse Golf Club, Sevenoaks
James Bird, Pyrford Golf Club in Surrey
Pete Newton, Rockliffe Hall Golf Club, County Durham
Bill Davison, Gavin Jones Group - landscaping
David Bruhlmann, McAlpine - construction
Darren Cuddihy, The London Golf Club
Steve Robinson, Moortown Golf Club, near Leeds

Ed Carter, Sales and Development Manager for the Turf and Amenity business at Everris added:

“We are very proud of our relationship with Sherriff Amenity and as a long standing supporter of BTME we have tried to support education at the show. Naturally, we took the opportunity to support this course by investing in greenkeepers and course managers so that they can achieve their goals of better understanding pesticides."

The Foundation Award is one of a number of recognised qualifications that BASIS offers those working in turf and other land-based professions.

“We see this as a practical way of promoting professional understanding of pesticides,” said Sherriff Amenity’s Marketing Manager Kevin Whitby.

“That everyone passed says a lot for the attitude of Britain’s greenkeepers and groundsmen and of course for Ruth Mann as a top scientist and tutor. Our aim is to provide the same opportunity at next year’s BTME and continue supporting BASIS in its drive to keep standards high.”