REVIEW OF 2021
The club’s ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING is not being held until March 2022. Nevertheless, the GREENER OPERATION project has reviewed its progress during 2021.
Our Action Plan 2021 Summary Review can be viewed under the ‘Further Information’ link under the ‘Environment’ tab on the Home Page of the club’s website.
A copy is displayed on this notice board.
DEAD HEDGE 2
A DEAD HEDGE has been constructed at the back of the 17th green. Thanks to the Working Party (Peter Hartley, Jim Jacobs and Robert Crofts) for their help. The DEAD HEDGE at the back of the 5th green is being replenished and sorted out.
A small working part now meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month to do some environmental work around the course. More volunteers would be welcome.
John Doran has taken charge of our plans to try to develop some wildflower areas. John has written a FLOWER PLANTING PLAN, which is on the website and displayed here.
During 2021 a few more bug hotels were erected, generally out of sight of most golfers.
Some members and visitors have, apparently, voiced objections to the appearance of some of the bug hotels, particularly those on the left of the 10th fairway. The group will be planning how to screen them more effectively from the view of those who object to them….John Doran has been doing some planting in front of some of those structures, which will start to screen them.
WINTER POND WORK
Members will be aware through FORE that the greens staff plan some serious work over the winter for the many ponds on the course. Most of the ponds are badly overgrown and need dredging, or they will cease to be ponds.
In line with the environment project’s HABITAT MANAGEMENT PLAN for the ponds, this work is being done by external contractors who are experienced at doing such work in an ecologically sensitive way. Extracted material will be left at the sides of the ponds after dredging to allow invertebrates to escape from the material and make their way back to the water.
COUNTY GREENER GOLF NETWORK
In September 2021 the first conference was held at Longcliffe GC of a new county (Leicestershire and Rutland) ‘greener golf’ network. Ten clubs attended with others sending apologies. Various agencies such as the L and R Wildlife Trust were present.
A Steering Group has been formed with a view to establishing and running the network. This group has met and is planning a second conference for February 2022 and a website for advice and support.
ELECTRICAL WORK ON CLUB BUILDINGS
In recent weeks a proposal has been developing to install motion sensors at various internal sites on the estate, and to switch to low energy bulbs. The proposal, which was initiated by the environment project is yet to be finalised.
If this project goes ahead in 2022, it is likely to start saving the club significant sums of money as well as consuming less energy.
ANY COMMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GREENER OPERATION PROJECT ARE WELCOME. PLEASE CONTACT ANY MEMBER OF THE STEERING GROUP, WHICH CONSISTS OF:
Bob Roberts, Jim Jacobs, John Doran and Chris Weir. 15th December 2021.