Operation Pollinator Award open for entries
The Golf Environment Awards 2021 - including the Operation Pollinator Award are now open for entries. Golf Golf clubs and greenkeepers around Europe are invited to apply.
The Golf Environment Awards recognise those in the golf industry that are breaking the mould and highlighting the wide-ranging environmental benefits of golf, according to STRI Senior environment consultant, Sophie Olejnik.
Entrants may apply for awards in four categories - Environmental Golf Course of the Year, Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year, Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year and Operation Pollinator.
This year we are excited to announce that, for the first time, a panel of judges, selected from across the golf industry, will choose the winners from this year’s entrants," reported Sophie.
The Awards have also introduced a new prize - a £750 grant will be awarded to each winner to invest into environmental and ecological projects at the club.
"We encourage all clubs, however big or small, to enter. Entry is free and each entrant will be assessed upon their own merits," she added.
Syngenta Operation Pollinator manager, Caroline Carroll, highlighted over 120 clubs are now actively signed-up and engaged in the initiative.
Operation Pollinator has a place on every course."
"Managing out-of-play areas as an ecological resource is immensely valuable for biodiversity and the environmental credentials of the Club - without impinging on the quality of golf and playing surfaces in any way."
"It's a positive attraction for pollinators, wildlife and players alike. Being part of Operation Pollinator provides the framework and advice to quickly and effectively achieve great results, as well as demonstrating the combined contribution of golf courses as an environmental asset.
We urge all clubs to get involved; sign-up now and enter for the Golf Environment Awards."
A shortlist of finalists will be chosen from categories’ entrants and each will receive a visit from an STRI consultant who will perform an onsite ecological and environmental assessment, using current social distancing advice from the government in relation to Covid-19.
Applications are being accepted up to midnight on 7 August 2020 to give entrants additional time to put together an application during the current pandemic.
Sophie Olejnik, added: “We are so excited to be launching the 2021 Golf Environment Awards and, despite current circumstances, we want to remain positive and celebrate all that is good in golf."
"We hope that the addition of our new judging panel and prizes will entice more of you to enter and be part of the Golf Environment Awards family.”