As we all know we have had some glorious weather so far this summer, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve recently spent some time in your local golf or country clubs. Although their beautiful green grounds, fresh towels, and ice-cold bottled water is extremely appealing on a hot day, have you ever considered how eco-conscious these places really are? And would this knowledge impact how often you would go? In this post, we are going to be looking at the efforts of some local companies and recommend that you make sure that in the future you choose to go to places where they are actively trying to become more sustainable.
First we have Exeter Golf and Country Club who partnered up with Eco Laundry back in 2019, the UK’s first eco-friendly commercial laundry service based locally in South Hams. Eco Laundry use water from their borehole, a deep hole which taps into a natural source of water, biomass and solar technologies and washing machines which are powered by renewable energy, massively reducing their carbon emissions. Exeter Golf and Country Club also have an LED lighting replacement plan, wildlife protection through an eco wall, a zero to landfill policy, and 1000 reusable pint cups, reducing single-use plastic waste.
Next we have Bigbury Golf Club who actively collaborate with Devon Wildlife Trust to hand over unused areas of the golf course for rewilding. In addition, they have changed energy suppliers to Engie so that they now have 100% certified renewable energy, planned to ban plastic tees by October 2022, and have installed waterless urinals which saves approximately 100,000 litres of water a year!
The Royal North Devon Golf Club is another organisation that is actively becoming more sustainable. All their soil and sand on the course is recycled ditch material, except for topdressing sand for the greens. They are no longer heavily relying on pesticides, fertilisers and water for the fairways, and are encouraging fine fescue grasses to grow.
Last, but not least, Notter Bridge, within Coast and Country South West Holiday Parks won a gold award in 2020 for its wildlife conservation work, which includes their bird boxes, bat boxes, bee hotels and bug hotels. They have an environmental planting plan which aims to prolong the life-span of plants and trees which already exist in the park, and supports the growth of new species. Coast and Country South West actively encourage all homeowners to have rainwater butts, where rainwater is collected and can be used to water plants.
I hope that this has provided you with some helpful examples of how organisations can be more eco-conscious, so we can strive towards a safer and brighter world together.
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