Awards for bee-friendly golf clubs

Tania Longmire
By Tania Longmire July 23, 2013 11:22

Awards for bee-friendly golf clubs

beeThe STRI is to launch a new award that will reward golf clubs that have successfully created pollen-rich habitats on courses, leading to an increase in pollinating insects.

The Operation Pollinator Award 2013 will be eligible for entry by all golf clubs implementing the Operation Pollinator programme. The awards will raise awareness of Operation Pollinator, an international biodiversity programme which aims to boost the number of pollinating insects by helping to provide essential habitats for feeding and nesting.

Operation Pollinator guidelines and advice has been developed specifically for golf courses in conjunction with STRI.

Judging criteria includes successful habitat transition, variety of wildflowers, scale of the project and participation levels, and how effectively the club is communicating its efforts.

The overall winner and a runner-up will be announced in October with the winning club invited as guests to the Golf Environment Awards in January 2014 as well as being presented with prestigious certificates of merit.

Bob Taylor of STRI said: “We are constantly looking at ways to improve the number of pollinating insects in the UK, especially bees, and have seen a positive impact on numbers within golf clubs incorporating the Operation Pollinator programme.

“STRI is delighted to launch this new award, to help promote those golf clubs that have shown that the programme works and is helping to improve the environment.”

For more information, contact the STRI.

 

Tania Longmire
By Tania Longmire July 23, 2013 11:22
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