Kenwick Park Golf Club has been awarded first prize in the 2003 BIGGA Golf Environment Competition. The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association organise this competition and judge golf clubs on the measures they take to manage the amenity and wildlife habitat in the most environmentally sensitive way.
Scotts and Syngenta, the sponsors of the competition, will be presenting Kenwick Park a Scotts Weather Station, a cheque for £2,000, the BIGGA trophy to hold for 12 months and a plaque to display in the clubhouse.
Kenwick Park Golf Club may only be 11 years old but it is set in historic parkland in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB. Extensive wooded areas are a natural habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna. Areas of open grassland offer nest sites for skylarks and other ground nesting birds. Nine lakes, fed from a network of open ditches, provide a habitat for wetland plants, birds and animals. Surplus water from the lakes is pumped into a reservoir designed to provide further wetland habitat as well as satisfying all irrigation requirements.
In 1999 a group of interested members, backed by the board, formed the environmental panel and devised an environmental policy and management plan. These members started off with no funds, a few ideas and lots of enthusiasm.
Ian Shephard, chairman of the panel said, “The panel is a lot more than a talking shop. As well as organising golf and social events to raise funds, the panel members often don their wellies and undertake a variety of tasks.”
To date, these intrepid members have hand weeded sensitive areas, pruned shrubs, laid hedges, bagged compost, and planted wild flowers, trees and hedges for the benefit of both golf and the environment.
Here is a selection of the projects that contributed to Kenwick Park’s success in the BIGGA competition:
“At Kenwick, the needs of golf take precedence but the very existence of the golf course gives us many opportunities to improve the wildlife habitat. Our list of species recorded at Kenwick is growing steadily year on year and even includes several species new to this part of Lincolnshire. Today, the course is better for both the golf and as an environment for wildlife, than it was three years ago, ” explained Ian Shephard.
Environmental management at the club has evolved into an equal partnership between green keeping staff, club management and the members represented by the Environmental Panel. By bringing together the professional expertise of the greenkeepers, the specialist knowledge and enthusiasm of members and active support of club management, a high level of environmental awareness is maintained.
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