BGL achieves first for sustainable golfMarch, 2015
Course operator achieves conservation award at all properties.
BGL Golf has become the world’s first major golf operator to achieve an international sustainability award at each of its venues.
A range of community engagement, nature protection and resource efficiency measures across BGL’s 10 courses have led to the operator achieving the GEO Certificate.
BGL chief executive Colin Mayes said: “We have been delighted by the passion, commitment and innovation shown by the staff at each of our venues and by the value it has brought to our business. We won’t be resting here, we will continue to move forward and to bring even more value to our businesses and to the environments and communities within and around each facility.”
‘BGL Golf have shown an outstanding commitment to sustainability’ Some of the sustainability initiatives being undertaken at BGL Golf venues which are recognised by the GEO Certified award include: a state of the art self-sufficient irrigation water-holding reservoir at Birchwood Park; scholarships to talented local youngsters at Ramsdale Park; a programme for troubled youths at Abbey Hill; and improvements to river habitat quality at Redbourn.
GEO chief executive Jonathan Smith, said: “In achieving their pioneering aim to have all of their venues GEO Certified, BGL Golf have shown an outstanding commitment to the sustainability of their business and the sport. It’s rewarding to hear that the tools and support we provide for the industry are in fact making it easier to get started and rapidly advance. We’re looking forward to seeing more multi-course owners follow BGL’s example.”