The 2012 Golf Environment Awards showcase best environmental practice at golf courses across the UK, rewarding both individuals and golf courses for their commitment to environmentally sustainable projects.
Ransomes Jacobsen is proud to be a long-term supporter of the Golf Environment Awards, first under the stewardship of BIGGA and now with the STRI administering the prestigious programme. “For the past 15 years we have been one of the sponsors of the awards, which comprise eleven prizes including an Overall Achievement accolade,” said a Ransomes spokesman.
The awards scheme showcases best environmental practice at golf courses across theUK, rewarding both individuals and golf courses for their commitment to environmentally sustainable projects.
Each entry is independently judged on what the golf course has achieved and how it has benefited the environment.
Justin Rose continues as official ambassador of the awards for the third consecutive year and will support the promotion of the awards, hosting a champagne reception at Wentworth for the 2011 winners.
Previewing this year’s awards, Richard Stuttard, STRI’s Environmental Consultant, said: “STRI recognises the ever increasing spotlight on environmental issues and is proud to once again be managing these awards. It is imperative that environmentally sustainable courses should be at the forefront of everyone within the golf industry.
“This year’s awards will once again showcase the tremendous work being undertaken at golf courses throughout theUK. We would call on every golf club that has embarked on sustainability programmes, no matter how big or small, to enter.”
There are 11 awards in total, split into three categories:
Environmental Improvement with four specific awards for Nature Conservation Management, Turfgrass Management, Waste Management and Water Management
Environmental Achievement featuring five regional awards and one overall winner award recognising golf courses that have implemented a successful environmental management strategy, with clear objectives and targets with a strategy that will directly contribute to a better environment
Conservation Greenkeeper Award recognising an outstanding individual contribution to the success of environmental and ecological management
Entry is free and details can be found on the website www.golfenvironmentawards.com
Commenting on winning the 2011 award, David Cole, golf course and estate manager at theLoch Lomondcourse said: “I was delighted to receive the Overall Achievement Award at the 2011 Golf Environment Awards on behalf of the club. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to see first hand some of the most environmentally proactive golf facilities and speak to course management professionals about their environmental focus.” David has just embarked on a study trip toPortugalas part of his prize.
The other sponsors of the Awards areCountyTurf, Everris and Syngenta.