A number of
additional award / accreditation schemes are open to golf clubs,
should they wish to take advantage of a wider range of opportunities
to promote their environmental achievements. These range from golf
specific annual competitions, through to government led initiatives
bridging a wide variety of business sectors.
The aim of the Competition is to:
- Develop greenkeeper
and club awareness of the need and benefits of environmental and
to the general public and conservation bodies the level of support
for environmental issues that exist within the golf industry.
awareness of environmental achievements of the golf industry.
- Educate the
general public and conservation bodies about the positive role
of golf in the environment through promotional articles in the
press, on television and on radio.
BIGGA will distribute invitations to enter the Competition,
to all golf clubs in Great Britain, during late March/early April.
All golf clubs
wishing to enter the Competition will be sent application forms
The STRI will
consider each entry and select ten clubs to be visited by an STRI
Agronomist, comprising two from each judging area i.e. (Scotland,
N. England, Wales, SE. England and SW. England). Additionally, three
clubs will be selected from across all five areas for each of the
Best Newcomer and the Best Overall Initiative Awards. Thus 16 clubs
will be visited in total.
Each of the
clubs will be assessed on two main criteria (nature conservation
and turfgrass management) plus five additional criteria (landscape
and cultural heritage, water resource management, pest management,
communications, and education/training). For those clubs assessed
in the Best Overall Initiative category, there will be particular
emphasis on assessing the initiative itself.
to Golf Clubs
Every club entering
the Competition will receive an information package from BIGGA,
the STRI and the sponsors.
Clubs not visited,
as part of the judging process, will receive a short report from
the STRI on the content of their application with general recommendations
on how to progress further in the Competition in future years.
All Clubs visited,
as part of the judging process will be given advice, where necessary,
by an STRI ecologist.
be awarded according to the prize scheme set out below.
Clubs that are
of a high standard yet do not achieve Regional or National winner
status will receive a Highly Commended Certificate.
The National Winner will receive a Scotts Weather Master weather
station worth £2,500, a cheque for £2,000, the BIGGA
Golf Environment Competition Trophy to hold for 12 months and a
plaque to display in the Clubhouse.
Each of the other four Area Winners will receive a cheque for £500
and a plaque to display in the Clubhouse.
The Runner up in the Winner’s judging area will receive a
cheque for £500 and a plaque to display in the Clubhouse.
The Most Impressive Newcomer will receive a cheque for £500
and a plaque to display in the Clubhouse.
The Best Overall Environmental Initiative will receive a cheque
for £500 and a plaque to display in the Clubhouse.
Green Tourism Business Scheme
A quality assurance scheme aimed at bringing business and environmental
benefits to the Scottish tourism industry, managed by the Scottish
Tourist Board and developed with support from Highlands and Islands
Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Shetland Environmental Agency
Currently the scheme is open to serviced and self-catering accommodation
members of the STB's QA scheme.
Businesses nominate a number of environmental measures they are
doing or have done from a total list of nearly 100 measures included
in the scheme. There is a minimum number for each level. The measures
are divided into 10 sections and businesses have to select at least
one, two or three items from each section depending on the level
they are applying for. Additional measures which the business may
want to be taken into consideration can be included under the Bonus
Once they have
applied, the business is inspected by an environmental auditor who
scores the measures. The pass rate for all the levels is 80%. After
the inspection a short report is produced highlighting good practice
and making recommendations for improvement.
If you want
more assistance on the technical aspects of the Green Tourism Business
Scheme, or information about how to join the scheme please
contact SEA Ltd
– Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) / ISO 14001
EMAS is an important EC initiative for stimulating improved standards
of environmental performance. Under the scheme, companies gain a
competitive advantage from the recognition of the continuous improvement
of environmental performance at their sites. This is achieved by
their use of effective management systems and the publication of
independently verified environmental statements. ISO 14001, the
environmental management standard, has been adopted as one of the
management systems suitable for EMAS application.