Thorpeness crowned Britain's greenest golf club at STRI awards ceremony

A golf club is claiming to be the greenest in Britain after it won a national prize at an environmental awards ceremony.

Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club on the Suffolk coast was named winner of the overall environmental achievement award at the Golf Environment Awards run by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).

Course manager Ian Willett said: "We work in an area of outstanding natural beauty and help conserve a rich habitat for flora, fauna, birds and other wildlife, from orchids to adders, bats, woodlarks and nightjars.

"Contrary to popular belief golf courses do little damage to wildlife. In fact they are an oasis for wildlife within urban and built up areas. We take our environmental responsibilities seriously and work hard to ensure our golf course remains a haven for wildlife."

Last year Thorpeness won a regional environmental achievement award for southern England at the same STRI awards after rejuvenating heather and gorse habitats and establishing a large scale recycling facility for residents of Thorpeness Village.

Last week meanwhile Willett won a gold award from the Suffolk Carbon Charter, which recognises carbon reductions in businesses with fewer than 250 staff. The charter is part of a drive to make Suffolk England’s greenest county and encourages eco champions in business.

Willett’s team works with the Suffolk Sandlings Project, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and English Nature. It recently installed a hybernacular – purpose-built habitat for hibernation and nesting - for adders, a water-recycling system and nesting boxes for birds and bats.

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