English Oak Host Training Programme

February 9th, 2011

Over recent days, English Oak Vineyard has been the host venue for a series of Vineyard Spraying Training courses, arranged by the UK Vineyards Association as part of the national ‘Wineskills’ programme. The training took place under the expert guidance of course instructor Brian Speed from Southern Counties Training, who has over 30 years experience as a trainer for pesticide use and is also an NPTC examiner.

The course covered all legal requirements of using a PA3 sprayer including; preparation of the sprayer, identification of parts and components, calibration, nozzle selection, air speed and direction considerations, maintenance, cleaning and storage of equipment, along with all PA1 legislation on pesticide use in the UK including safe storage, handling, use, transport, safe disposal and personal protection equipment. We were delighted and honored to host these courses, which both extended our knowledge and skills, while at the same time demonstrating our professional commitment to act responsibly in protecting our local environment. In the coming week, delegates will be subject to rigorous independent examination to verify that the required raised level of competence has been achieved. If you are involved in a vineyard and interested in taking part in similar skills training, please contact Jo Cowderoy, Wineskills Project Coordinator, at Plumpton College.

Programme Instructor Brian Speed from Southern Counties Training (above)

Delegates are familiarised with the specifics of a Fendt tractor (above)

Attention moves to accurate calibration of the spraying equipment (above).

Finally delegates are released into the vineyard to practice spraying between the rows (above).

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