Woodchipper solves no-burn problem for golf course

Royal Blackheath golf course is completely surrounded by woodland, but is subject to Greenwich's smokefree policy meaning course staff cannot burn forestry waste.

Royal Blackheath maintenance staff. Image: Royal Blackheath
Royal Blackheath maintenance staff. Image: Royal Blackheath

The 18-hole course was formally instituted in 1608, making it possibly the oldest golf course in the world. It is set in 123 acres in South East London, completely surrounded by woodland.

Deputy course manager Simon Brittan said: "We have literally thousands of trees on the site that require constant maintenance, and to find a way of disposing of the waste we turned to chipping."

The team made extensive enquiries, speaking to lots of tree surgeons and other industry contacts. Brittan added: "At Royal Blackheath we have a tradition of contacting other people who have used the machine we’re interested in.  It’s all well and good talking to salesmen but we like to find out from the people that have maintained a machine to get a better insight."

Most recommendations came for a GreenMech chipper so the club purchased a ChipMaster 220 after considering it to be the most suited to their needs from the range offered. 

Six months in and the machine has just finished a very busy winter, being used sometimes daily, but at least every other day. Brittan said he had not been disappointed.

"It’s extremely powerful and does what’s expected of it – handling everything very well.  Not being able to burn waste has turned into an asset with plenty of wood chippings finding good use around the club."

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