It’s another award for Lee Park!

LEE Park tied a creditable second with Open Championship venue Carnoustie and Hankley Common in the Sports Turf Research Institute environmental award.

 PRIZE GUYS: Lee Park celebrate their award at Hotel du Vin in Harrogate. From the left, Mark Ferguson, from STRI, and club representatives Peter Rastall, Steve Settle, Alan Pennington, Trevor Clark and Mark Dineley


PRIZE GUYS: Lee Park celebrate their award at Hotel du Vin in Harrogate. From the left, Mark Ferguson, from STRI, and club representatives Peter Rastall, Steve Settle, Alan Pennington, Trevor Clark and Mark Dineley

It was the fourth award in eight years for the “working man’s” golf club surrounded by a council estate in what is considered “a very challenging” area of Liverpool.

“This is a great publicity for us but it’s not a one-off. It’s been part a nine-year journey improving our environmental credentials on the course,” said an elated secretary Steve Settle.

“We were initially surveyed in 2006 and given a plan of action by Lee Penrose, the STRI  ecology consultant,  and started to embrace the green agenda and put an action plan together based on his findings.

“Since then we have provided brown top wispy grass land areas created in front of tees, acting as wild life corridors, while improving the aesthetic look of the parkland course.

“We have also erected bird/bat boxes; log piles around the outlying areas for invertebrate habitat; and barley straw to improve water clarity.

“And on top of that we have introduced wildflower zones around the course perimeter and woodland clearance has opened up the floor canopy.

“In short, we have an oasis of wildlife on our 90 acre course.”

An additional feature is a stunning 18th hole lake project, built in the main by past captain Peter Rastall and green staff Mark Dineley and Trevor Clark with help from greens chairman Alan Pennington.

There also been plenty of activity at the clubhouse where 62 photo voltaic roof panels have been installed along with a replacement biomass boiler which uses wood pellets.

Meanwhile, the finalists were selected following a rigorous inspection of 24 UK short-listed clubs by STRI’s team of experts, with each entry judged on its distinct environmental accomplishments and outcomes.

Top award went Royal St David’s in Harlech.

Bob Taylor, STRI’s senior ecology and environment consultant, said: “The quality of entries was again outstanding this year and it is getting harder to select the finalists, as all the clubs we visited are committed to improving  environmental conditions on their courses.”

Lee Park’s previous awards include the EGU English Golf Environment Award in 2008; a Highly Commended Environment Award from STRI in 2011; and again in 2013 the Northern Region Golf Course Environment Award, again from STRI.

The club extended its thanks for continued support from sponsors of the golf Environment Awards: Ransomes Jacobsen, Syngenta, Farmura, Tillers Turf, Weidenmann, Greenkeeping Magazine and BIGGA.

 

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