STRI Group launched the Golf Environment Awards to recognise, reward and promote outstanding individuals and golf courses, for the time and effort they put into protecting and preserving their unique surroundings. With the ever-increasing spotlight on environmental matters, it is fundamentally important for golf courses worldwide to assess what they can do to achieve environmental sustainability, protecting and encouraging habitats and biodiversity, while continuing to maximise the enjoyment of golf. All the nominees are listed here, and at a glittering ceremony in Harrogate, following day two of BIGGA’s Turf Management Exhibition in the town last month, the winners were revealed: Operation Pollinator Award - Corhampton Golf ClubGolf clubs who consistently deliver outstanding ecological habitat creation and management for pollinators. Ecological Project of the Year - St. Andrews Links TrustGolf clubs who have implemented a successful ecological project, with clear objectives and targets that contribute to a better environment and are making sound progress in fulfilling the goals of the project. Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year - Sleaford Golf ClubOutstanding individuals who make significant contributions to the success of environmental and ecological management making a positive impact on the surrounding landscape and biodiversity. Sustainable Project of the Year - Hever Castle Golf ClubGolf clubs who have implemented a successful sustainable project with clear objectives and targets that contribute to a more sustainable environment. International Environmental Golf Course - Al Mouj (Oman)Golf clubs outside of the UK that brilliantly demonstrate efficient management across nature conservation, turfgrass, waste and water. UK Environmental Golf Course of the Year - Nairn Dunbar Golf LinksGolf clubs in the UK that are leading the way in sustainability across nature conservation, turfgrass, waste and water. All winners are rewarded with a grant to help fund further ecological and environmental projects at their clubs and entry to the Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture Course. Entry for next year’s competition will be opening later this year.
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