Monthly Archives: July 2009

Economic Downturn affects Sprayer Availability!

CP3-ClassicSome Knapsack Sprayer manufacturers will be regretting their decision to decrease production, as suppliers stuggle to find stock to meet customer demand!

Those decisions, made earlier this year in response to the economic downturn, coupled with INCREASED demand for both sprayers and parts, means that many models and their associated parts are in very short supply.

We have had some parts out of stock for over a month now, and with long continental holiday shutdowns, factories are unable to provide any firm dates for replensishment.

We will of course advise any customers who order parts that are out of stock and will suggest alternatives where appropriate.  You are welcome of course to contact us to check availabiltyby emailing us and we will do our best to help you!

Out & About – North West Tractor Pullers!

One for the petrol heads!!!  Chris does last minute repairs for the North West  Tractor Pullers Club prior to the Great Eccleston Show.

Noticed that our sponsorship stickers are still showing our old telephone number…oops! You can find us at 01706 211399

Here is some Tractor Pulling Action!!!tractor pulling

Garden Centres should link with schools, says boss!

Backing local primary schools is a “must do” for garden centres according to owner Tim Goodwin of Fosseway Garden Centre in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Fosseway linked with a local school  when the centre’s owners discovered a family friend was keen to create a school garden. Goodwin said: “All garden centres should do it. We were really pleased that children wanted to become involved with plants and were delighted to donate to the school a selection of raspberry bushes and fruit trees. Plants producing edible crops always seem very popular with younger gardeners. It’s important that children are encouraged to garden at a young age and we are always pleased when schools encourage this.”

AGRATECH recently asked our customers for help with planting ideas for a sensory garden for a local school for children with learning and pyhsical disabilites, and we hope to move this project forward in the new school year!children gardening


Source Horticulture Week

Soil Association response to court of appeal decision in Georgina Downs’ pesticide case

Bateman Refurb 015Peter Melchett, Policy Director at the Soil Association said:


“Whatever the court of appeal says, the fact is UK regulation of pesticide spraying does not take into account the safety of schools or families living next to sprayed fields. These residents are subject to repeated doses of chemical sprays.  Before today’s judgement, the National Farmers Union had admitted that farmers will have to take more care of the wellbeing of their neighbours, whatever the courts decide. The best way farmers can do this is to move to farming systems that don’t require dangerous chemicals to produce our food.”

Read more about the Soil Assocaition here

You can find out more about Georgina Downs here

High Court Judges Overturn Pesticide Ruling

Georgina DownsAn environmental campaigner’s victory against crop-spraying policies has been overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Georgina Downs, from West Sussex, had argued illnesses she suffered were caused by crop-spraying near her home.

In backing her case, the High Court told the government to reconsider spraying policies.

But Ms Downs now faces a huge legal bill after three judges at the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal by the Environment Secretary.

The judges ruled the government was following guidance that gave priority to human health.

They made no order for costs in the case, which means each side has to pay its own legal bills.

Ms Downs, 35, who lives on the edge of fields near Chichester, estimated her campaign had cost her more than £100,000.

However before the court battle started she agreed with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that each side would bear its own costs and she had already paid her lawyers.

House of Lords

She launched her independent UK Pesticides Campaign in 2001 after being exposed to pesticide spraying from the age of 11. She said she had suffered flu-like symptoms, including a sore throat, as well as blistering and other problems.

After the Appeal Court judgment, she said: “I am upset but not as upset as if the ruling had gone against me on my own evidence.”

She said the appeal judges ignored her evidence and used official reports to reach their findings.

She now plans to petition the House of Lords for a hearing.


This may go down in history as the most bizarre and inaccurate judgment to have ever come out of the Court of Appeal
Georgina Downs
pesticides campaigner

“I think this may well go down in history as being the most bizarre and inaccurate judgment to have ever come out of the Court of Appeal,” she said.

“The Government could not have wished for a better result than if it wrote the judgment itself.”

In the Appeal Court ruling, Lord Justice Sullivan said that Ms Downs “genuinely believes that her own, and her family’s health problems have been caused by the exposure to pesticide spraying”.

He said that although Ms Downs was “a most effective campaigner” she had no formal scientific or medical qualifications.

He said the regulatory framework for pesticides required that a balance was struck between the interests of the individual and the community as a whole.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was entitled to conclude that it had achieved that balance by compliance with the terms of a directive which ensured priority is given to the protection of human health, the court found.

The Crop Protection Association said the judgment was a victory for common sense.

“Crop protection products are essential to maintain an adequate supply of high-quality, affordable food,” said chief executive Dominic Dyer.


(source BBC)