Answers sought on golf and the environment

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England Golf is working with the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and other organisations to produce a Golf Sustainability Project, and is appealing for help with a questionnaire to take the scheme forward.

Golf courses in the UK cover an area equivalent to the Lake District National Park.

Unmanaged areas, which provide habitat for wildlife, wildflowers and other flora and fauna, are estimated to cover more than 1,000 square kilometres, or the equivalent of the New Forest and Pembrokeshire Coastal Parks combined.

Golf courses offer improved air quality, carbon dioxide absorption, air temperature reduction, rainwater run-off attenuation and a host of other valuable natural processes.

The idea of a Golf Sustainability Project has been developed following extensive discussions between Tony Hanson from Environmental Solutions International, Dr David Slawson and Dr Poppy Lakeman Fraser from Imperial College London and Howard Craft from Burhill Golf and Leisure.

With support from England Golf, BIGGA, and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE), ESi has designed a short questionnaire for those in the golf industry to gather baseline information on the natural environment and resource consumption.

With sufficient information it may be possible to make a case for funding and resources from a range of charities and other organisations.