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2015 Golf Environmental Awards

Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Ecology

The Royal Jersey Golf Club has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Golf Environmental Awards.

The Club has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Environmental Project Award along with three other clubs – Hockley Golf Club, St Andrews Links (Castle course) and Prestbury Golf Club.

The project that has allowed the Club to be recognised in the awards is two-fold. The first is the successful gorse and grassland management that has been undertaken the last few years. The Greenkeeping team, under the leadership of the Head Greenkeeper Ben Blampied-Smyth, have worked hard to encourage the finer grasses which are indigenous to links land by eradicating coarser grass types. This successful gorse and grassland management has created the ideal habitat for Cirl Buntings to nest. Originally a single pair were nesting but a total of 13 birds have now been counted.

The other aspect of the project is the building of a Hibernacula, a man-made shelter for creatures to seek refuge, in our case for green lizards and slow worms. The project involved building a new tee at the 4th hole and during the construction Ben and his team inserted the Hibernacula. The first juvenile lizards were sighted this season and as a result of this success Ben and the Hibernacula were featured in the BBC1 television programme ‘The One Show’.
The STRI Golf Environment Awards highlight effective and sustainable projects being managed by individual golf courses across the UK and reward the individuals that are making real improvements to their local and wider environment.
The 2015 awards continue with the new format introduced last year, with three winning categories; Environmental Golf Course of the Year; Conservation Greenkeeper Award and Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year.
More information on the awards can be found on the STRI (Sports Turf Research Institution) website

The awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday 21st January 2015.


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