Environment Distinction for Coventry Golf Club

Coventry Golf Club has once again achieved one of the top environmental awards in the golf industry.

Having been the first golf club in England to be awarded the internationally recognised Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) certification in 2012, the club has now achieved re-certification for the second time.

Richard Allison Manager, GEO Certified said:"We are delighted to be able to confirm that Coventry Golf Club has successfully achieved GEO Certified® status once again for its outstanding work to foster nature, conserve resources and support the community. Many congratulations to you and the team on this thoroughly deserved achievement!"

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The award reflects Coventry Golf Clubs commitment to environmental stewardship. In recent years the club has:

* Enhanced semi natural woodland, grassland and wetlands providing habitat for wide ranging species of birds (over 70 species seen on the course), mammals, amphibians and pollinating insects.
* Working with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust installed an Otter Holt adjacent to the River Sowe and created a perennial Wildflower meadow that attracts pollinating insects such as butterflies.
* Reduced their consumption of water by using treated final effluent from the adjacent sewage works to irrigate greens.
* Reduced their consumption of energy by installing energy efficient boilers, air conditioning and lighting. And Photovoltaic Cells on the club house roof that saves over 3,000 KWh of energy and reduces costs by more than £3,000 a year.
* Stopped using pesticides and effectively manage the use of herbicides.
* Installed pollution prevention facilities such as a reed bed to minimise the risk of
pollution of ground and surface water.

Dr Phil Weaver of Coventry Golf Club said: "We are immensely proud of our achievement of being the first golf club in England to be certified by the internationally recognised Golf Environment Organisation and obtaining re-certification. Much has been achieved over the years to enhance the playing experience of members and visitors and reduce our environmental liabilities and business costs. We are totally committed to continuing
our proud record of being one of the most environmentally sustainable golf clubs in the UK.

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NOTE TO EDITORS

Photographs of the course can be provided as well as opportunities to interview Dr Phil Weaver.

Please call 024 7641 4152 and speak to Kay Forrest.

 

Additional Information

Our parkland golf course supports a range of artificial and semi natural wooded, grassland and wetland habitats. The River Sowe flows along the northern and eastern boundaries of the course and there are several ponds distributed throughout the course. The woodlands and the pond network function together in supporting both terrestrial and breeding habitat for a population of great crested newts.

The range of woodland habitats provide excellent opportunities for bats and breeding birds. Over 70 species of bird have been recorded on the course including song thrush, redwing, field fare, lapwing, starling, skylark dunlin, all of which are RSBP list of conservation concern. Over the year’s members have donated funds to provide over 40 boxes aimed at encouraging Bats, Owl, Kestrels, Robins and Tits.

We value our partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) who play a key role, enabling us to understand the wide-ranging habitats on the course and the simple, pragmatic steps we could take to protect and enhance those habitats. In partnership with WWT we have installed an Otter Holt on the banks of the River Sowe and included a motion camera. Videos from the camera are edited and provided to club members, the latest video is below:

The species recorded on the video include: Otter, badger, muntjac and roe deer, fox, water shrew and stoat.

We take part in Operator Pollinator and as well as providing insect boxes around the course we have created a wild flower meadow that contains a wide mixture of wild grasses and flowers that include: Yellow Rattle, Meadow Buttercup, Oxeye Daisy, Foxglove and Birdsfoot Trefoil.

Our environmental stewardship also aims to reduce our use of resources and thereby impact on the wider environment. We have shown that good environmental practice makes good business sense by adopting schemes that reuse water and generate electricity, thereby significantly reducing costs.

We have an excellent relationship with our neighbours, Severn Trent Water, and for many years we have used final treated effluent water from their adjacent sewage treatment works, that would otherwise be discharged to the River Sowe, to irrigate our greens. Our use of water is controlled by a computerised irrigation system that
ensures that only the right amount of water is used.

Back in 2010, consultants provided us with a report on energy saving proposals. The club has invested in a more efficient boiler, air conditioning, low energy light fittings, motion sensors, improved insulation and installation of Photovoltaic cells on the club house roof. As a result, we have significantly reduced our consumption of energy, putting over 3,000 kwh into the national grid and saving around £8,000 a year.

We have shown that good environmental practice makes good business sense and we are totally committed to continuing our proud record of being one of the most environmentally sustainable golf clubs in the UK.