Rj National

GEO Certified® 02/2013 GEO Re-Certified 02/2016
Ipswich,
England, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01473 270000 EXT 451
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This 3 hole golf course and adjoining noise testing area was built in 2008 on industrial wasteland adjacent to the Ransomes Jacobson international headquarters and manufacturing facility in Ipswich. It was designed for multiple uses – as a golf course, as a demonstration area for golf course maintenance machinery, and as a noise testing facility for machinery. The aim was to produce a sustainably managed golf course, using turf grasses (mainly bents and fescues) managed appropriately with low inputs of water, fertiliser and pesticide. This has…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
RJ National (3 holes)
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Nature

The course is a haven of water, scrub, heather and rough grassland in a heavily industrialised landscape. It is an enhancement of the immediate landscape. It is in an enclosed setting with no long range views outwards, or into the site. The course was created to improve the local landscape.

The RJ National is a somewhat unique course as it is located on a factory site within a vast industrial park. The course comprises 3 holes, a football pitch and a water feature (lake).

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation:

  • Suffolk Wildlife Trust

The following landscape assessments and surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Species List by Suffolk Wildlife Trust Susan Stone (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) 2009/01/01
Suffolk Wildlife Trust - Survey 2008 Susan Stone 2008/02/11

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement:

  • Suffolk Wildlife Trust

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

No rare, protected or notable species occur at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not monitor any species as indicators of environmental quality.

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

Area of habitats / vegetation types, and associated designations at this golf facility:

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 0.3 None
Scrub Vegetation 0.072 N/A
Open Water Features 1 ha None
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 1.1 ha None

Turfgrass

Size and estimated species composition of amenity turfgrass maintained at this golf facility.

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 0.064 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%
Tees 0.037 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Poa pratensis 50%
Fairways 0.048 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%
Semi Rough 0.089 Hectares Festuca rubra 80%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Many different types of grass cultivars have been used to demonstrate the company's product. During the design process consultation was undertaken with Barenbrug UK & Collier Turf Care. The following criteria were used in the process:
aethestics of the plant, regeneration of the plant, drought tolerance, disease resistance, wear tolerance & playing-surface quality.

This has enabled us to maintain the necessary playing quality conditions with minimal inputs of water, fertiliser and fungicide

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 months

This golf facility consults the following individuals / organizations regarding its grassing plan:

  • Howard Swann (Architect)
  • Keith Titshall (Consultant)
  • Mark Bowley (Collier Turf & Care)
  • James Gotts (Greenkeeper)

This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc Irrigation is only used when needed, this is gauged by weather readings, moisture probe and is only used at night. This is monitored by the Maintenance department on monthly usage and also records are kept by the greenkeeper on a daily basis.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Allow rough vegetation to wrap around the back of tees and greens.
Over the past few years we have promoted larger areas of naturalised turf on the RJ National, This helps not only to add definition to the course but also allows for less inputs and a more environmentally friendly environment.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Taking advantage of their new electric machinery and promoting this through our fleet of vehicles. This has enabled us to save on fuel usage. Using rolling programmes has allowed us to raise the height of the cut and reduce the amount of cutting needed.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Creation of Cutting Edge Training Course (delivered to our customers and internal staff) called "Grass Cutting Theory" gives a basic insight in Greens management. Also records are kept to explain easily what works carried out on a yearly basis on the course.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Over 1000 visitors per year where we demonstrate and teach about grounds maintenance and GEO policies. Video blogs delivered on six month basis via company website and YouTube.

Conservation & Enhancement

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve landscape character:

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Rough is left to grow so seed heads are prominent.These are maintained by cutting & collecting at the start and end of the season. We have increased our natural rough areas by a large scale.This has allowed us to connect more natural habitats whilst keeping with the natural flow of the golf course.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Areas on the RJ National which have been very difficult to mow without causing damage have now been made into longer rough to obtain better coverage. the mowing frequency has also gone down to just twice a year in these area to promote a healthier turf.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Introduction of a new 1st tee, This has allowed us to have a larger area of rough and planting of a new hedgerow. Natural wood chip path ways have also been introduced to provide discreet guide around the course.
Conservation of specimen trees Managed to keep all trees on the site that were present prior to the course being built. However to improve standards of grass quality and also to increase natural habitas for bugs and beetles the tree on the 2nd hole has been removed and re-used.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Decking on site now screened by bullrushes and by rough being allowed to flourish.
We allow the hedgerow to grow at optimum height and also the rough areas around the border to grow to their potential. This allows a natural border to surround the RJ National. Planting of gorse areas also added.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass Over the development of the RJ National we have continuously encouraged native grassland, which as a result has created more definition to the playing surfaces and surrounding areas.
Increasing the size of habitat patches RJ national has increased the amount of habitat patches around the ponds, with various bull rushes and longer grass.This has encouraged ducks to nest here and the longer grass has encouraged a better habitat for reptiles.
Connection of internal habitat patches Long rough has been left to grow and natural grasses are flourishing, creating a better habitat for reptiles and insects. Around 300 plus gorse plants have been added to the RJ National in a number of areas and heather regeneration has been encouraged.
Connection of patches with external habitats Over the past couple of years an ATV track has been introduced connecting to the RJ National, This whole site remains untreated chemically and has a natural flow with the RJ National, This has a large heather population and is used and regenaerated on site.
Creation of habitat corridors All of the habitats on the course are connected via gorse plants, long rough,heather beds and log piles. This has created a natural habitat that circles the whole course.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Heather disturbed during development has been replanted. Heather is now also beginning to grow naturally around the pond edges. We also have in further development that the heather and gorse areas are increased yearly.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Habitat edges on the RJ National have all been linked in various ways, using heather, rough, gorse and pond edges to continue habitats all the way round the course.
Heather promotion Heather disturbed during development has been replanted. Heather is now also beginning to grow naturally around the pond edges. Where possible, heather growth is encouraged in and around the course.
Introduction of more rough This is wild grassland that is left to grow throughout the season. It is cut and collected at the start and end of the season, and remains undisturbed for the rest of the year.
Reduced mowing areas and frequency to increase biodiversity.
Gorse Planting Gorse has been largely introduced in set areas of the course that is slowly creating a consistent habitat that circles the whole course and connects all the habitats.
Semi Rough More semi rough has been left to grow as this has created a more gradual definition to the playing surfaces and reduced the amount of cutting required.
Man made Habitats Tree pieces and other natural resources are used to create log piles and other habitats to attract wildlife.
Pathways introduced Pathways have been introduced not only to guide traffic on the course but also by using bark as a base for the paths has created more environments in which reptiles and other wildlife can live.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland Plans to introduce a wildflower mix are in the process.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation This is built into the maintenance program to ensure all scrub vegetation and grass areas are maintained to the levels needed.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We provided a smooth transition between the finely groomed golf course and the adjacent pond by lining the edge with clump grasses. This connected the golf course and the pond into a cohesive interdependent unit.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation The pond has a mixture of open water and Bull rushes. We manage these by moving and replanting the rushes in areas in which they have become overcrowded and also have a plan in place to cut back and trim these as necessary.
Naturalization of linear habitats Surrounding the perimeter as a wildlife link to the RJ National we have a mixture of beech and hawthorn hedging. This acts as a natural barrier to the surrounding factory environment.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Provision of nesting and nectar for pollinators Heather beds and log piles are a key feature on the golf course for habitats and colour.
Installation of nest boxes Plans of re-introducing nesting boxes are in discussion.
Control / management of alien species Cultural practices are built in to our management plan this is to promote a healthy turf sward and soil biology. By doing this we minimise the amount of alien species and pests. Chemical application is used as a last resort.
Provision of hibernation areas Log piles located on the RJ National and Atv track adjacent.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) We have created different areas of log piles and also adverse grass species to encourage a natural habitat for bugs and wildlife. Bark pathways were brought in as a natural guide on the course and also for bugs and insects to thrive.
Aquatic Life On site our pond is home to various aquatic life consisting of newts, frogs and fish. Fish range consists of Goldfish, Koi and Carp.

Water

The water for the golf course is drawn from an on-site borehole and is pumped a short distance to the course. We have been monitoring our water usage for the course since 2008. Our abstraction consent authorises the use of 6,400 cu.metres per annum for spray irrigation and 3,825 cu. metres per annum for our water feature. Through our day to day management we typically control the combined usage to 3,000 cu.m or less. The only exception to this was in 2011 when we had particularly dry summer resulting in more irrigation and maintenance of the on-course water feature (lake).

Sources & Consumption

The following water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Water usage monitoring(internal) EHS Department 2015/12/01

The water used at this golf facility is drawn from the following sources:

2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Golf Course Public / Potable 1,639,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Golf Course Public / Potable 2,346,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Weekly
Tees Weekly
Fairways Weekly
Semi-Rough Never
Rough Never
Other Weekly

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Semi-automatic

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 12 months

Upgraded every 10 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 12 months

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to maximize irrigation efficiency:

Activity Description
Selection of grass species The following criteria were used in the selection process of the turf: aesthetics of the plant, regeneration of the plant, drought tolerance, disease resistance, wear resistance and playing-surface quality.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Renovations completed every spring and autumn to maintain a minimum thatch layer and soil decompaction, this allowing water to move through the profile instead of sitting on the surface.
Timing and dose of water application Completed during the night allowing the water to penetrate the surface reducing evaporation, And only applied as and when needed. No irrigation over the winter months and system is drained down.
Analysis of soil moisture The RJ National greenkeeper has a soil moisture content probe and undertakes analysis on a daily basis to monitor if water is needed. This data is all then recorded and clearly shows usage when needed. Weather forecasts used also.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Weather data is recorded and used to see what weather we can expect and what we have already had, allowing us to take appropriate actions in maintaining the turfs needs.
Use of wetting agents Currently using Revolution on a monthly basis over greens, tees and approaches.
Overall reduction in irrigated area No rough or natural areas are irrigated to help reduce usage of irrigation.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All sprinkler heads are checked for leaks and to ensure target areas are being covered effectively.
Optimizing system pressure Use of digital screen on the pump and regularly checks by the Greenkeeper.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology We use nozzles as recommended by Prime Irrigation for the specific areas that are targetted so that they are covered effectively.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve / reduce / minimize water consumption:

Activity Description
Repairing leaks Ensuring prompt reporting and repairing of leaks via the Greenkeeper.
Water awareness signage Signs are located near pump to tell the operator when watering periods and restrictions are in place.
Management Water usage is managed soley by the Greenkeeper - this gives ultimate control over the water resources for the course and water features.

Energy

Without a clubhouse, dedicated maintenance area or pro shop, the energy issues for our golf faciltiy apply to the course itself. All machinery, storage and wash down faciltiies come under the company's ISO14001 programme.

On the course we are careful to keep all inputs of machinery, fertilisers, pesticides and water to an absolute minimum. We are aware that all these inputs bring with them a large amount of embodied energy.

As a demonstration tool for our machinery, the course is used to test and promote the latest, most energy efficient and low emitting turf care machinery, including electric, solar and hybrid technology. As a manufacturer serving the golf industry, we are constantly looking to implement environmental innovations for our equipment - and feedback often starts on the course.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not consume any renewable energy or resources.

Consumption of non-renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Litres) 143 235
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 15.5 18.5
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 126.36 36.8
Petrol (Litres) 64.5 77.3

Energy Efficiency

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to diversify energy and fuel supply:

Activity Description
Use of electric hybrid vehicles EZGO Hauler all electric vehicle.The Eclipse 122 pedestrian greens and Elipse 2 tees pedestrian mower have been changed from a petrol engine to electric. Jacobsen introduced an eclipse 322 with a solar panel,which reduces the amount of electricity needed.GP400 ride on changed to hybrid diesel mower.
2-stroke fuel Recently changed from unleaded petrol and 2-stroke oil mix for trimmers to ASPEN 2 which burns a lot cleaner and isn't so harmful to the operator and environment.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to reduce energy consumption:

Activity Description
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting The water feature is controlled via a timer switch to ensure it is only operating during working hours. In windy conditions, the fountain is ineffective so is manually switched-off and helping to conserve energy.

Vehicles & Transport

The maintenance fleet at this golf facility uses the following fuel sources:

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 0% 33% 0%
Diesel 33% 0% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 67% 100%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 67% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

This golf facility does not operate any additional vehicles.

This golf facility has established the following schemes to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport emissions:

Activity Description
ISO14001 - Continuous Improvement The golf course operation also falls within the scope of the site ISO14001 certification. This means the course is included in external audits by our certified bodies at least once per cycle
Introduction of electric/hybrid car charging stations Introduction of charging stations in car park areas so that people can charge their vehicles during the day and gives more possibilities to those thinking of changing to an electric vehicle instead of diesel or petrol.

Supply Chain

RJ National informs its suppliers of its environmental preferences. We have a written waste and energy purchasing policy which is maintained as part of our ISO14001 accreditation.

16.35 kg of active ingredient (4 different fungicide products) was applied to the site on a preventative basis in 2015

Purchasing Policies

This golf facility undertakes the following ethical / environmental purchasing activities:

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Work with suppliers to minimise packaging materials. Purchase containers in appropriate sizes
Use of local suppliers Where possible
Use of local products Where possible
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging All topdressing materials that are brought onto site are now delivered loose and has no packaging.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Where possible we try to use suppliers with ISO14001 accreditation.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Maintenance Equipment 4 4
Course Supplies 5 5

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses All grass species have been selected carefully with high tolerances for draught and disease. These are carefully maintained and the original grass species are held. Also overseeding with the original seed mixes takes place throughout the year. An application of wetting agent is delivered on a monthly basis to greens and tees. This strengthens the turf against dry patch, making the turf more resiliant. Disease checks on all areas of the RJ National are undertaken on a daily basis and fungicide is only applied when necessary.
Managing stress and wear The RJ national is only playable by visitors on site, so therefore wear is at a minimum. Due to a cutting and rolling programme RJ National cutting heights of the tees and greens were raised(4mm to 5mm on Greens and 11mm to 14mm on Tees). Records allow us to pinpoint disease hotspots of the year.
Enhancement of soil structure Topdressing with pure sand (KL7) is part of the maintenance programe on tees, greens and approaches thoughout the year. All greens are USGA Spec.
Optimization of the growing environment The RJ National has selected specific grass species to the growing environment and has also applied a restoration of heather in various areas, also gorse planting is increased in areas where other species may struggle.
Managing thatch levels The RJ National has two main renovation periods where a dethatching programe is put into place. This includes scarifying, verticutting, hollow coring and solid tining. Other times of the year are chosen on conditions occuring.
Managing surface moisture Surface moisture is managed and checked by a moisture probe. Irrigation is only applied when necessary. We judge this by using a combination of the moisture probe and weather readings.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease RJ National has encouraged wildlife areas within the course including the pond, reed beds, trees, heather patches and log piles. New additions consist of Gorse planting and heather in set areas and also bark pathways to encourage wildlife further.
Scouting for pests and diseases The Greenkeeper walks the course on a daily basis. This is primarily to assess the turf quality, however these inspections also allow for checking for signs of pests and disease.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Weekly and monthly meetings are held to look at the turf quality of the RJ National and the Greenkeeper is responsible for assesing the course condition on a daily basis.
Course Renovation and Maintenance Hollow Coring - 2 times per year
Top Dressing - 4 times per year
Micro Tining - 10 times per year
Scarification - 4 times per year
Verticutting - 2 times per year
Deep Anti Compaction - 2 times per year
Rolling - 20 times per year

Fertilizer use at this golf facility in the last three years (kg):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Organic 21 63
Fairways - N - Organic 42 126
Fairways - P - Organic 21 63
Greens - K - Organic 112 170
Greens - N - Organic 82 95
Greens - P - Organic 17.5 17.5
Tees - K - Organic 96 52
Tees - N - Organic 108 96
Tees - P - Organic 10 20

Pesticide use at this golf facility in the last three years (kg):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 6 6
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 6 6
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 6 6
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 6 6
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 6 6
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0

This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products All products are assessed by the Greenkeeper for suitability. They are also put through the Health and Safety Department for approval with regard to COSHH, toxicity and potential for substitution.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Products are selected for specific diseases and only used when necessary.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Sprayers on site are calibrated when used by the Head Greenkeeper.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles All up to date nozzles are used by Syngenta, including anti drift nozzles.
Non-chemical weed control Hand weeding is undertaken by the Head Greenkeeper on a daily basis.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic true true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal true true false false
Paper & Cardboard true true false false
Grass Clippings true true false false
Cores & Turf true true false false
Sand true true false false
Wood / Timber true true false false

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to continue the lifecycle of materials and resources:

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials The course uses the recycling facilities of the factory to ensure packaging, wood, metal etc are segregated and reused/recycled where possible.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways All clippings are spread throughout the RJ National on walkways and bare patches.
Education of staff and customer education Cutting Edge Training runs many courses including 'Grass cutting theory' which we use to educate employees and customers. The Greenkeeper is also NVQ Level 2 and 3 trained in sports turf. Pa1 and Pa6 spraying certificates.
Waste awareness campaigns Run on a regular basis throughout the company under ISO14001
Waste Minimisation The company as a whole is working to minimise waste generation wherever possible and this includes the golf course facility.

Pollution Control

Our environmental management is included within the Ransomes Jacobsen ISO14001 accreditation. Working with the rest of the site, we ensure that wherever possible we minimise our impacts on the environment. The development of the course has resulted in diversification of the entire factory site and regeneration of the area to improve the environmental habitats available to nature in the area. Site also uses a capital expenditure process where machinery and other supplies when brought on site are checked and signed off in line with current health and safety standards and legislation.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Daily Daily Monthly
On-Site Daily Daily Monthly
Outflow

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course
Clubhouse N/A
Maintenance Facility
Wash Pad On-Site Treatment Plant Yes

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials at this golf facility are handled and disposed of as follows:

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents false false
Cooking Oils false false
Lubricants false true
Pesticide Containers false false
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters false true
Batteries false true

Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas All equipment is stored in a metal container. Any granular fertilser/seed is stored in a locked room and stacked seperately on shelves. Any Liquids (fertiliser/fuel/oil) are stored in a locked chemsafe box with bunded bottom. This is in line with all legislation needed with storing chemicals.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas All equipment is stored in a metal container. Any work/maintenance carried out on machinery is completed in the workshop area.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas All mixing and filling of spray tanks is undertaken in a wash bay area which has a self contained filtration tank.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Over the site at RJ we have various points of above ground fuel tanks for both petrol and diesel.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Petrol and diesel cans are used when needed, These all adhere to the relevant health and safety legislation.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Spill kits located at various points on site in the event of any hazardous spill.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution on its golf course:

Activity Description
Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs All timings of any applications are carefully chosen looking at weather conditions/time of year.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Assessments have been completed to prevent any pesticides entering the water feature (lake) and the appropriate safety distances are maintained.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan This is covered on the main risk assessment of the Ransomes Jacobsen site.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Assessments have been completed to prevent any pesticides entering the water feature (lake) and the appropriate safety distances are maintained
RJ National is yet to have used any pesticides on site.

Community

Promotion and education with local school groups and clubs. Including visits from foreign students to the course and the factory. Greenkeeper position is offered through scholarship and so far has resulted in 4 successful placements. Company sponsorship of various golf days and events.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Course Management 1

The sustainability working group at this golf facility is comprised of:

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Technical Specialist
  • Local Environment NGO

Employees at this golf facility receive the following formal and informal environmental education:

Activity Description
Management of accidents and emergencies Site EHS Induction programme and regular updates via tool box talks or employee briefings.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Site EHS Induction programme and regular updates via tool box talks or employee briefings.
Health & Safety Site EHS Induction programme and regular updates via tool box talks or employee briefings.
The Cutting Edge training team also hold various Training courses.
Energy Saving Site EHS Induction programme and regular updates via tool box talks or employee briefings.

Community Relations

This golf facility engages with local community groups in the following manner:

Activity Description
Local Environmental Groups Working closely with Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Media Greenkeeper International, Turfnet, Pitchcare.
Local Businesses Working closely with Ipswich Golf Club.
Schools & Colleges Otley college, school/college visits, coaching for young persons looking to take up Greenkeeping.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

This golf facility provides access and diversified land use for others through:

Activity Description
Creation of new paths and nature trails A ATV Track has now been installed on the RJ National grounds, where pathways and natural vegetation are being restored and also new bark pathways on the golf course have been introduced.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Plans are being put together to maybe introduce a sign for the RJ National located on the first tee area.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) A football pitch located on site adjacent to the RJ National is used on Monday nights by employees in the summer months and also holds our yearly football tournament in which visiting teams participate.

No archaeological or heritage surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage.

This golf facility does not undertake any activities to conserve cultural heritage features.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Plans for a newsletter to be applied on a quarterly basis to inform all Ransomes Jacobsen staff of the work that is being carried out on the RJ National. These will then be placed on the noticed boards throughout the company and also sent via email.
Members evenings and course walks Course walks are held by the Greenkeeper on a weekly basis and this contributes to over 1000 visitors a year to the RJ National.
Video Blog Video blogs are carried out on a six monthly basis to give an insight into the running of the RJ National and posted via company website and YouTube.
Employee Competitions Golf Day and 5-a-side football tournament held annually
Family Open Day & Dealer Open Days Run on annual basis for promotion of course and products

This golf facility does not undertake any social and environmental advocacy activities.