Golf courses provide big areas of natural habitat. And that can bring real benefits to the wider community – CO2 reduction, better air quality and flood water management.
By managing our land less intensively, we can cut down pesticide use, enhance natural areas and save on staff time. We’re working with a number of organisations to help the golf industry look after natural habitats more effectively.
The Wildlife Trusts
If you’re looking for ways to integrate nature conservation into your course management, turn to the Wildlife Trusts. Their expertise in creating and managing habitats has been invaluable to golf clubs across the country.
Wildlife and natural landscapes can make golf more enjoyable. To get started, read about How to Build a Living Landscape.
Open Air Laboratories (OPAL)
OPAL is a network of museums, universities, and environmental organisations working to help people engage with nature through science.
It’s working with the golf industry to uncover the environmental benefits of golf courses, as well as to create best management practices for the natural environment. Take a look at its Citizen Science Surveys – they’re a great way for you to engage local conservation groups and schools.
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
Two thirds of UK species have declined in the last 50 years. But a few simple management changes can help golf clubs support our wildlife, benefiting golfers and land managers too.
The People’s Trust for Endangered Species provides advice for preserving habitats and managing areas like waterways, grasslands and hedgerows.
Natural England promotes nature conservation and protects biodiversity.
Many of its goals coincide with ours – promoting access to the countryside and open spaces, encouraging open-air recreation. Look through the Natural England website for more information about what it does, including details of funding schemes.
Whether you need an approved tree surgeon or you have a complex consulting job, the Arboricultural Association can put you in touch with the right people.
As well as advice about managing trees it has directories of tree care professionals.