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Manager of the Year award for compost licensee

Date Published: 12/02/2009

Great news for one of our composting licensees. No point in re-telling it as they’ve done a good job on their own press release. So here it is.


Chichester Organic Farmers and Recyclers, The Woodhorn Group, run a green waste composting site at Tangmere near Chichester. Site Manager, Nick Treagus, has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Compost Site Manager of the Year Award’ by the National Association for Organics Recycling at a gala dinner held in Birmingham.

Nick Treagus of the Woodhorn Group receives his awardNick Treagus was nominated by John Pitts, Managing Director of The Woodhorn Group Ltd. “ This award reflects Nick’s dedication to running a first class recycling operation. To be awarded ‘Site Manager of the Year” at the Industry awards covering the whole of Britain is a massive achievement! We are very proud of him!” says John.

The Judges stated that Nick has shown an exceptional commitment to his work and in the wider objectives behind composting. This included implementing many different strategies to minimise disturbance in the local community, the hosting of public open days to encourage understanding of recycling and composting generally and a strong focus on Health and Safety issues on site .

An independent report on the site’s management was commissioned by the Environment Agency which was a first class endorsement of Nick’s management and his site is host site for industry tours as an example of best practice.

Nick Treagus (50) was born in Emsworth and has worked on farms all his life. He took charge of the Woodhorn compost site in 2002 with no experience of recycling.

About The Woodhorn Group

An organic tenanted farming business based in Oving, now run by John Pitts, has been managed by the Pitts family since 1882. John diversified into composting and recycling in 1998.

The compost site now recycles some 40000 tons of green and wood waste,
that would otherwise be landfilled, on behalf of West Sussex County Council, Arun and Chichester District Councils under the Reclaim West Sussex partnership in conjunction with Viridor Waste Management. Waste for recycling also comes from local horticultural nurseries, landscape gardeners and many other local businesses.

Woodhorn subsequently produce a range of peat free composts and soil conditioners, which are retailed under their Earth Cycle range.  For more information on these products visit or telephone 01243 781730

Just our own congratulations to add!