Green light! Top award for Boston West Golf Club

Boston West Golf Club course manager Richard Owens with the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2014.
Boston West Golf Club course manager Richard Owens with the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2014.

A good practice in conservation and environment has resulted in Boston West Golf Club being given a top award.

Boston West Golf Club won the prestigious overall Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2014 at the annual County Environmental Awards last week.

The club scooped the top prize as well as the Business Award and was presented with the gongs by celebrity environmentalist David Bellamy.

Course manager Richard Owens was on hand to give a presentation to the panel of judges, including Mr Bellamy, where he outlined how the club has embraced both environmental and conservation good practice both in the club house and on the course.

Richard said: “Surrounded by intensive agriculture with limited biodiversity, Boston West has taken a barren field with no features and created not only a great golfing experience but an oasis for wildlife. On the course a broad range of species are attracted to the diverse range of habitats.”

He added that recycling is also high on the club’s 
agenda with cardboard, 
paper, glass, plastics, waste oil, fertiliser bags and metals from the premises all being recycled.

He told the judges that, where possible, only energy efficient bulbs are used, and renewable energy is created via solar panels on the clubhouse roof.

“All waste water produced within the clubhouse and hotel is treated and recycled for golf course irrigation. Rainwater is also harvested from the hotel roof as a supplement and zero mains water leaves the premises,” he added

These latest awards follow Richard’s 2014 Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year accolade claimed at the annual national Golf Environment Awards 2014.