Ramsdale Park Golf Centre

GEO Certified® 06/2014 GEO Re-Certified 08/2017
Calverton,
England, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0115 9655 600
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Ramsdale Park Golf Centre has achieved GEO Certified® status following a third-party verification in August 2017. The information below is incomplete because the club has participated through the new OnCourse® programme - www.getoncourse.golf. For further information on the requirements of this programme, and for details on the information provided by the club for certification please contact GEO. For the full verification report prepared by Tony Hanson, independent accredited verifier, please click here


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Facility details

Golf Courses
The Seely Course (18 holes, 6674 yards, year opened 1992)
The Lee Course (9 holes, 2844 yards, year opened 1992)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities

Nature

Ramsdale Park Golf Centre is located North east of Nottingham near the village of Calverton. It has been establised for 22 years and is part of the BGL group. The centre has two golf courses, the main 18 hole Seely course and the 18 hole par 3 Lee course, the site also contains a clubhouse, driving range and course maintenance buildings. The site is located near the old calverton coal pit which is approximately 1 mile away and has some extreme elevation changes. From the highest point to the lowest point is approximately 80 - 85 metres.
The soil types at Ramsdale can be split into two, clay based soil which is located on the higher parts of the Seely course mainly the back nine holes which was previously farm land and sandy soil which is located on the front nine of the Seely course and all of the Lee course.
The courses are routed between trees some of which are mature and have been established many years and approximately 7500 smaller, younger trees which were planted when the course was built to compliment the exsisting woodland. The site has many areas which are populated with different species of trees, wildlife and flora which are managed in and environmentally sensitive way to encourage as much diversity as possible for the benefit of the environment, area and playing experience.
We aim to improve these areas as much as possible in the future through a structured management programme which includes tree management, grassland management and sportsturf maintenance whilst also ensuring quality playing surfaces our customers are used to playing on.
The centre employs approximately 35 people and is an important part of the local economy.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Environment agency(water)

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

Title Author Date View document
Phase 1 Habitat Survey Howard Craft 2014/04/19 Download
Environmental Policy Howard Craft 2014/05/01 Download

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement.

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Rare, protected and notable species occurring at this golf facility:

Local name Scientific name
Roe deer Capreolous capreolous
Bluebell Hyacynthoides non-scripta

This golf facility regularly monitors the following species as indicators of environmental quality:

Local name Scientific name
Bluebell Hyacynthoides non-scripta

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 (Acres) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 50 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 25 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 19 Self Appointed
Non Native Plantation Woodland 37 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 2.5 None

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Acres) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 5.0 Acres Poa annua 80%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 20%
Tees 4.0 Acres Poa annua 70%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 30%
Fairways 50.0 Acres Festuca rubra 50%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%
Semi Rough 75.0 Acres Lolium perenne 60%
Festuca rubra 40%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
As we are a heavily played golf course annual meadowgrass is the dominant species on the greens and tees. We are overseeding with browntop bent grass as we feel that this grass is the most sustainable species once it has established requiring less nutrients and water to maintain an appropriate surface. The tees are divoted regularly with a mix of browntop bent, fescue and rye because we need to maintain a quality surface but also hard wearing to withstand foot traffic and machine wear and tear. The fairways that are on the sandy based soil have naturally developed a predominately fescue grass as this is able to establish with relatively little nutrient input.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 3 months

This golf facility does not consult individuals or organizations regarding its grassing plan.

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 BGL require us to maintain the courses in the most efficient way possible with regards to irrigation, fertilising and other maintenance operations. We as a club can choose the best way to utilise cutting heights, overseeding and renovation practices to optimize the playing experience for our customers.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We always try to enhance natural playing surfaces with optimal nutrient inputs on outfield areas. The closer mown areas by their very nature require a bit more managing in terms of nutrients and water and therefore a more targeted approach
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces With the economy struggling it is vital that we try and promote the more sustainable grass species as much as possible to operate the business in the most financially viable way, at the same time producing high standards across the golf courses
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance We produce monthly reports for the members regarding the maintenance practices on the courses which informs them of what we will be doing and why. These are posted on the notice boards and on the club website. We also encourage the green staff to speak to customers regarding maintenance issues
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces The best way to ensure year round quality surfaces is to have the most suitable grass species for our golf courses. As we are built predominately on sandy soil the courses can be played when other courses are closed and to maximise this we encourage the finer grasses.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture We do not advocate the green is good policy as this can seem unnatural at certain times of the year. The deep rough is left through the main playing season and will be dictated by weather conditions. We only water to keep the greens & tees alive and no more.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours We endeavor to follow contour lines where possible on all maintained areas of the courses as this is not only visually attractive but also saves time and fuel, lowering our diesel usage and allowing us more time to complete other work.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We try to keep signage to a minimum so it does not detract from the game, it is generally green in colour to blend in with it surroundings and all tee markers and benches are wooden so they look natural and are able to be refurbished year after year.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features The driving range is protected by netting not only for health & safety reasons protecting golfers on the 18th from stray shots but also to enhance the landscape for golfers on the 18th tee. The top half of the range building is built from wood to try and blend in with the surrounding woodland.

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 In recent years the course was cut wall to wall but since I started we have reduced the areas that need cutting to greens, tees, fairways and rough and left the deep rough to grow naturally, cutting it once a year to thin it out & encourage the finer grasses.
Increasing the size of habitat patches By reducing the areas we cut we have created natural habitats where wildlife can colonise and encourage more insects etc to establish. We also have lots of woodland areas that are inhabited by various animals which we aim to manage and encourage.
Connection of internal habitat patches Allowing scrubland away from areas of play to go un-managed and link up areas of woodland. Areas of long rough are connected between the holes creating wildlife corridors where possible. This allows small animals areas to create habitat and connect the food chain with smaller and larger animals.
Connection of patches with external habitats Areas around the golf course is a mixture of farmland and woodland and therefore the long rough provides the perfect habitat for both farmland and woodland species alike.
Creation of habitat corridors By allowing the areas in between holes to grow naturally we are creating wildlife corridors for insects & animals to inhabit and move freely around the site positively affecting the food chain, this also has a positive effect on the courses as it defines holes.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation As much as possible we try to create areas of grassland habitat that inter-connect allowing wildlife to florish on all areas of the site. Due to the layout this is sometimes not possible but the areas we have left un-managed are connected where possible.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges The courses have various hedges & gorse plantations which have been cut back & allowed to re-generate where possible, this will continue in the future to enhance the diversity of wildlife habitat and allow intergration between areas of the course.

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 The rough grassland at Ramsdale Park does not receive any fertiliser whatsoever and is annually cut down and collected. We may consider the use of Rescue herbicide in the future to remove any coarse grasses and allow the finer grasses to dominate.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation There are several areas of Gorse habitat managed by removing old stands and allowing re-growth creating multi-aged vegetation, thus maximising the number of habitats in an area while also creating aesthetically pleasing and challenging areas of the course.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Mature woodland areas away from play receive minimal management other than thinning out of non-native species to create a more open area allowing light & air in, which will encourage new growth. Any trees that are cut down are cut into logs and will be left in eco-piles to encourage insect habitats.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas The two lakes on site benefit from vegetative buffer zones around the water and marginal aquatic vegetation is managed to maintain an appropriate balance of vegetative cover and open water within the lake.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation We have 3 small water hazards on the course which we maintain and allow an equal amount of open water and aquatic vegetation. These are cleared out when the vegetation gets to overgrown allowing it to naturally re-generate. There is also a large lake on site used for fishing.
Naturalization of linear habitats Areas of long rough and woodland away from golfers are allowed to sprawl to create habitats of better shape and size.

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 The long rough at Ramsdale Park is only cut down once a year and this is during the autumn to allow pollinating insects to complete their life cycles and birds to finish their breeding seasons.
Installation of nest boxes Nest boxes have been built and placed on trees around the site. These are checked regularly by an expert. The boxes can be used by a variety of birds including owls. This is to encourage birds to nest on site creating diversity in and around the golf courses.
Control / management of alien species There are no invasive, non-native species present at Ramsdale Park. There are non-native tree species such as Sycamore and these are preferentially removed when thinning woodland areas.
Provision of hibernation areas Log piles or eco piles are created when undertaking any tree management work, branches, small and large trees when cut down are stored in piles around the site to encourage suitable hibernation areas for small mammels and insects.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) When carrying out practical woodland management techniques, log and brash piles are created to assist invertebrates and small mammals in habitat creation.

Water

Water is becoming a scarce resource for the U.K and BGL have proactively invested in water sources for Ramsdale Park by installing an on site borehole in 2008 for our irrigation system. The borehole feeds into a holding tank from which it can be drawn for use on the golf courses. We are allowed to extract 17,000 m3 per annum for use on the courses. Irrigation is supplied to greens, tees and aprons on the Seely course and greens and tees on the Lee course. The policy at Ramsdale Park is to irrigate to preserve the health of the turf and maintain sward density throughout the playing season and not to over water the turf and create soft, lush, green surfaces which would be detrimental to turf health. The irrigation system was updated in 2013 & 2014 to a high specification including new M.D.P.E pipework and cables for remote control operation, new sprinklers throughout and new valve boxes and solenoid valves. The system is computer controlled from the office in the maintenance facility and can also be controlled remotely out on the course from a hand held device. The new system allows us to water the turf very efficiently with no leakage from the pipework and more efficient use of the sprinklers on the course. A weather station was also installed with the system allowing us to monitor daily evapotranspiration rates so that only the correct percentage of water that is lost through the day is replaced via irrigation. The computer monitors accurately how much water is applied to each surface and programs can be set to apply the correct amount to each particular area as is needed. The maintenance facility for greens staff is fed 100% by mains water connected via pipe work from the clubhouse to the sheds. The clubhouse, constructed in the early 90's is also fed from the mains water network and all waste water flows back into the mains sewage system.

Sources & Consumption

No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees Weekly

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Fully computer controlled

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 6 months

Upgraded every 5 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species We try to promote naturalised turf that is adapted to local environmental factors such as rainfall, soil ph and ground conditions. Deep rooting grasses are encouraged through good cultural practices and good quality cutivars are chosen when overseeding is undertaken.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Major renovations are carried out twice a year via hollow coring and/or deep scarification to remove organice matter. Regular deep solid tining at various depths reduces compaction allowing water to pass through the soil profile better and be utilised by the plant more productively.
Timing and dose of water application Irrigation normally takes place over night to allow the turf to utilise the water better at the same time avoiding disruption to golf. Weather patterns and rainfall are monitored and the irrigation cycle can be adjusted accordingly.
Analysis of soil moisture Visual health of the sward is monitored daily. Soil is analysed visually when changing holes and if needed a soil profile sampler can be used to determine soil water repellancy tests.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The weather station records daily rainfall and ET rates. A percentage of the ET rate can then be replaced through irrigation if necessary and run times adjusted accordingly.
Use of wetting agents We run a monthly wetting agent program on greens through the main playing, tees are included on an as needed basis to maintain an even distribution of water through the soil profile.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Only essential in play areas are irrigated i.e greens, tees and aprons.
Targeting of sprinkler heads The arcs of the sprinklers are checked when the system is started up in spring and then periodically throughout the year to ensure they are targeting the correct areas.
Optimizing system pressure Variable speed pumps are used for the irrigation system.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology The latest cutting edge nozzles were chosen when the upgrade was undertaken to maximise water usage.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets The feasibility of adapting existing urinals to those that use no water is currently being assessed and may be instigated in coming months.
Use of water efficient appliances When replacing appliances under capital expenditure, water efficiency is regarded as a priority. Existing inefficient appliances will be replaced by more efficient when they reach the end of their life.
Repairing leaks Any leaks in the irrigation system or clubhouse water are reported to the course manager or general manager respectively and fixed as a priority.
Water awareness signage During 2012, a ban on irrigation water was introduced. Due to the installation of a borehole Ramsdale remained unaffected. This was communicated throughout the clubhouse and also how water was being used as efficiently as possible regardless that Ramsdale was unaffected by the ban.

Energy

Over recent years, Ramsdale Park Golf Centre has been analysing its energy consumption and efficiency more closely with a view to reducing costs and helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the centre.

Energy consumption is a continuous point at every HOD meeting, SCCM meetings and regional Manager meetings with the slogan ‘switch off and you will make all the difference.’ This is re-iterated to all members of staff in every department to help reduce the energy costs of the building.
The toilets within the centre have motion sensor lighting fitted in order to save on lighting costs. In recent years through refurbishments of the clubhouse there has been a significant shift to install low-energy LED lighting.

All exterior lighting including car park, driving range are on timers and these are monitored regularly to ensure they are not on when not required.

All chargers for clubhouse buggies are on timers to charge the buggies through the night in off-peak electricity times to minimise costs. The buggy chargers installed also switch off automatically upon the buggy reaching full charge to reduce wastage.

The golf course benefits from soil based greens and sits on a predominantly sandy sub-soil. Therefore, the inputs into the green are reduced as the higher percentage of organic matter within a soil green in comparison to a USGA sand green means that less fertiliser is required which in turn results in lower growth rates particularly in times of high disease pressure. Fungicides are sprayed preventatively but at greater intervals than sand based greens.
All other areas of turf receive no fungicides and minimal fertiliser input. If fertiliser is required then a slow-release granular is applied to ensure slow, even growth throughout the year and no large flushes of growth when nutrient levels are unnaturally high due to excessive inputs.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

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

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Ramsdale Park to move to a green tariff supply in 2014.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Recent refurbishments of clubhouse has included utilisation of the most energy efficient air conditioning and heating systems available.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Temperature in clubhouse monitored daily and thermostats adjusted accordingly. When doors are opened then air conditioning is switched off to conserve energy.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities In summer months natural ventilation opportunities are used where possible instead of air-conditioning units.
Upgrading of building insulation Recent refurbishments of clubhouse has included increasing the insulation levels within the building.
Installation of low-energy lighting LED and low-energy light bulbs used throughout the clubhouse to reduce energy consumption.
Use of motion sensor lighting Toilets and changing rooms now benefit from motion sensor lighting with more areas planned for in near future under capital expenditure.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Energy efficient fridges and freezers are chosen as a priority when replacing existing appliances. An example of this is the recent fridges purchased in the café, bar and grill refurbishment in 2014.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting All golf buggies charged on timers at night when electricity is cheaper. All buggies are fitted with latest charging technology whereby the charger switches off once the batteries are fully charged. All car park lighting on timers as well as boilers and pumps.
Educating staff and customers 'Switch off' campaign throughout the clubhouse and greenkeeping compound and is an item on agenda at weekly HOD meeting and quarterly SCCM meeting.

Vehicles & Transport

This golf facility does not operate a maintenance fleet (ride-on mowers, walking mowers, or utility vehicles).

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
Car sharing incentives Staff will car share to attend meetings or seminars/workshops at other venues within the group.
Staff showers There is a staff shower available in the maintenance facility should it be needed, also showers are available in the clubhouse changing rooms that could be utilised if required.

Supply Chain

Ramsdale Park have rationalised many of our suppliers over the last few years to try and use as many local companies as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. It is important to our company that we choose suppliers that have similar ideals to us including environmental awareness. Golf course supplies are consolidated where possible to eliminate transport costs and carbon footprint. Food and beverage products have been reviewed and sourced as close as possible to help the local economy and reduce food miles. During 2012 Ramsdale Park Golf Centre looked closely at its recycling. After consultation with our waste disposal supplier we have increased our recycling to include plastics, cardboard/paper, glass and metal to further reduce the need for general waste bins. Food waste recycling has been reviewed and discussed with suppliers as well to identify methods to reduce the amount transported to landfill. This is reiterated to staff through SCCM and HOD meetings. Where possible materials are recycled within the greenkeeping department and disposal of chemical containers are contracted to a specialist licensed waste contractor who disposes of waste in complience with current waste regulations.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Number of suppliers limited to reduce haulage. Continued recycling where possible. Greenstaff consolidate orders to reduce haulage. Primo maxx used to reduce growth rates resulting in lower diesel consumption.
Use of local suppliers Food, beverage and green keeping departments use many suppliers that are within a 10/15 mile radius of the centre. Green keeping have 7 major suppliers within this distance.
Use of local products The sand for the golf course is located at Mansfield sands quarry approx 10/12 miles from the centre.
Selection of certified products Virtually all major products purchased for the golf course e.g fertilisers, chemicals, sand spare parts are certified by the relevant companies to ensure they are genuine and excellent quality.
Use of recycled and recyclable products We have tidy tees, which collect broken tee pegs that are made from recycled plastic. Within the next 3 years we will be purchasing new tee markers that will also be made from recycled plastic. Ramsdale recycles all plastic, paper/cardboard and metal from the clubhouse.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Products with minimal packaging include bottled drinks. Any packaging is recycled where appropriate. Other packaging is used to pack goods for return to manufacturers if required.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Ransomes Jacobsen is an example of a major supplier to Ramsdale Park of machinery and have achieved ISO 14001

Supply Chain

This golf facility does not use a supplier network.

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses The latest cultivars are chosen for overseeding with good performers in drought and disease tolerance as significant areas of Ramsdale Park are on sandy sub-soil that is free-draining.
Managing stress and wear Winter traffic management techniques employed include white lining areas in play close to greens complexes. Trolleys have hedgehogs on when frosts are evident. The worst areas are post and roped off to direct traffic to drier areas.
Enhancement of soil structure A good quality top-dressing is used with a high drainage capacity and good particle size and shape with minimal fines. This coupled with regular aeration and soil exchange program such as scarifiying and hollow-coring enhances the soil structure.
Managing thatch levels Regular verticutting coupled with two renovations each year consisting of either hollow core and or deep scarify minimise thatch levels and this policy is run in conjunction with minimal fertiliser inputs and water inputs managed to promote firm, true surfaces.
Managing surface moisture Wetting agents applied preventatively to greens via boom sprayer and as required in hand held applicators to reduce wastage and reduce chemical inputs. Surfaces irrigated with an efficient system to minimise wastage.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Disease is sprayed for as required to maintain disease coverage of no more than 5% of sward. Pests managed in a discreet and sustainable manner keeping numbers at tolerable levels.
Scouting for pests and diseases All evidence of pest and diseases are plotted onto the ITM maps on each hole. The severity of the attack is also noted and then the action taken to control the attack is sated be it cultural, physical or chemical.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Using the ITM policy it is possible to identify problematic turf and track actions carried out to improve the quality of the turf such as aerations and fungicide applications. Over time the severity and frequency of pests/disease attacks will reduce.

Fertilizer has not been used at this golf facility in the last three years.

Pesticide has not been used at this golf facility in the last three years.

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products The herbicides that are chosen for dicotyledon species are low toxicity and are broken down into inert compounds within a few days. The only product used that does persist is for small areas using the chemicals florasulam and fluroxypyr.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases All pesticides used are only applied for their intended use and at the recommended concentrations. The most efficient product is always selected and applied in optimum conditions to maximise the performance of the product.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers All total weed killers are applied with handled applicators using a spot treatment method. Selective herbicide and insecticide applications to larger areas namely fairways and semi-rough are also completed using a spot treatment method. Data provided refers to spot-treatments, or number of different days spraying, not blanket treatments.
Calibration and testing of sprayers The sprayer at Ramsdale Park undergoes an annual MOT to ensure that it is safe to operate. Regular jug tests ensures that nozzles are calibrated correctly and working effectively.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Bubble jet nozzles used on majority of spraying to reduce pressure and spray drift.
Non-chemical weed control Weeds are removed from greens by hand to reduce the need to spray herbicides.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not manage key waste streams.

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Recycling bins present in administration office and glass bins at point of sale in food and beverage. All cardboard is recycled in retail department and packages re-used when returning goods to manufacturers.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Only the clippings from greens, tees and approaches are removed. All other areas return to the surface. Clippings boxed off are scattered on worn areas of turf to put back nutrients and reduce the reliance upon fertiliser inputs.
Education of staff and customer education Recycling forms part of each staff members induction when joining Ramsdale Park.

Pollution Control

It is important to everyone at Ramsdale Park that we minimise our impact upon the environment and enhance the quality of the environment where possible. This includes operating a sustainable business.

We have worked very hard at improving our recycling at Ramsdale Park and we have recently increased the range of products that we can recycle from just cardboard to now recycling cardboard, plastic, paper and metal. The result of this is improving our recycling and lowering our carbon footprint and it is cheaper to have recycling bins picked up than general waste bins.

The biodiversity of the site is an important issue at Ramsdale Park and is taken into consideration when making decisions about habitat management on the site. For example, thinning of woodland areas around the site to create multi-species, multi-aged woodland is the vision for the woodland at Ramsdale Park. Therefore, when deciding which trees to remove their contribution to the quality of the environment and habitat is also taken into consideration. An example would be we would rather remove a non-native neophyte species of tree such as Sycamore (Acer pseudoplantanus) before a native species of tree such as Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur).

These native species are chosen because they support a greater number of host-specific species of invertebrate and therefore woodland dominated by native species is likely to have a higher alpha diversity value than that of non-native plantation woodland.

The cultural practices of golf course management are carried out with environmental quality as an important subject. Where possible existing root zone on site is used for small scale landscaping jobs. Likewise, small turfing jobs are carried out by removing turf from our nursery at Ramsdale Park.

Any harmful waste that is disposed of at Ramsdale Park, be it waste cooking oil or engine oil then a licensed waste disposal company is chosen and the harmful material is taken safely off site.

Water Analysis

This golf facility does not monitor water quality.

Waste Water

No waste water is managed by this golf facility.

Hazardous Materials

This golf facility does not handle or dispose of hazardous materials..

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 hazardous liquids including engine and hydraulic oils are stored on sealed, impervious areas able to hold more than the maximum volume of liquid stored at any one time.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Induction tank on the side of the sprayer where all chemicals and fertilisers are input for mixing.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Above ground diesel tank that is double-skinned and fully bunded to prevent leakage of hazardous fuel into surrounding area.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Metal storage for petrol cans is then stored in a larger petrol storage tank to minimise chance of spillage and contamination.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Spill kits in place in workshop and when used are disposed of via a licensed waste disposal company.

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 Weather forecasts are analysed before application of all pesticides and fertilisers. Low volume nozzles are used to reduce water volume in sprayer and to reduce nozzle pressure and spray drift. Foliar feeds are the preferred option for fertilisers.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies There is a vegetative buffer zone around all the lakes on site as well as a larger zone that no chemicals will be sprayed upon the turf.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan All stock holding of pesticides is maintained at all times and copy available should an emergency situation occur so that emergency services are aware of what chemicals are on site at any one time.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Areas of long rough away from line of play receive no pesticides annually. These areas are surveyed annually to establish species composition and update site species list.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Closed loop recycling unit used to treat run off from wash pad at maintenance facility. This is maintained regularly to ensure its efficiency is maintained.

Community

Ramsdale prides itself on being a destination enjoyed by families and young children. Our Lee course is a 18 hole Par 3 course specifically designed for children just beginning to learn to play golf. We passionately believe that golf is an excellent sport for young children to learn to play and it teaches them vital life skills such as honesty, integrity and good etiquette.

We at Ramsdale Park therefore strive to be as accessible to young people learning the game of golf as we can. We offer free tuition to primary school children in the form of TRI-GOLF and to secondary pupils in Golf Extreme. We are a Golf Mark accredited centre due to our thriving academy. Since 2012 Ramsdale Park has provided beginner lessons throughout the summer with participants purchasing golf balls for the lessons only titled 'Learn Golf.'

In 2013, Ramsdale Park launched its inaugural 'Ramsdale Scholarship' programme. This entailed eight school children from local schools receiving a complimentary junior membership to Ramsdale Park. In addition to this, the children received complimentary tuition for 12 weeks from a fully qualified PGA professional and also free driving range balls. This fantastic programme is to be run again in 2014 and help young children experience golf and feed the next generation of golfers at Ramsdale Park Golf Centre.

We work closely with several local charities and have raised in excess of £10,000 in the last 2 years through various events at Ramsdale Park.

In 2011, Ramsdale Park Golf Centre introduced a discounted rate on green fees for members of the armed forces and the Battle Back charity is supported at Hoebridge with war veterans receiving complimentary rounds of golf on all courses including buggy hire.

Employment & Education

This golf facility does not have a sustainability working group.

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Only NPTC trained employees are allowed to apply pesticides to the golf course. An inventory of all pesticides held on site at any one time is maintained and Greenkeeping team responsible for maintaining the inventory.
Efficient water management Only Course Manager and Deputy Course Manager trained to operate irrigation system and their knowledge and experience ensures efficient water management on site.
Management of accidents and emergencies All new staff receive full health and safety induction upon starting at Ramsdale Park and an annual health and safety refresher session. Designated first aiders trained to fill in accident book and call for ambulance if deemed necessary.
Management of habitats and vegetation Phase 1 Habitat Survey and Environmental Policy created by Howard Craft within BGL and Greenkeeping team receive training on the documents on how to best manage habitats at Ramsdale Park.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Signage at point of sale to recycle glass in food and beverage department. Staff encouraged to recycle during their induction period. Retail department trained to recycle cardboard to utilise existing boxes when returning goods to manufacturers.
Health & Safety All employees receive health and safety induction and annual refresher. Green keeping teams have recently received manual handling training from external trainer.
Energy Saving Staff encouraged to 'switch off and save' in regards to electric. Thermostats are monitored regularly and staff receive training on air conditioning unit to ensure that this facility is used efficiently.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Preferential rates in various areas of the golf centre are offered to local businesses in close proximity to Ramsdale Park.
Media Landmark Media utilised as a third party media agency to provide press releases on environmental matters. Regular press releases go into local papers and golf media websites and magazines.
Schools & Colleges Local schools receive complimentary room hire when holding small meetings at Ramsdale Park. 'Ramsdale Scholarship' launched in 2013 gave complimentary membership and tuition to 8 local school children. The scholarship to run in 2014 again.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Several public footpaths and bridle paths transect the golf course. These paths are maintained by the greenkeeping team to minimise the risk of injury to a member of the public whilst traversing the golf course.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Welcoming signage installed on the 1st tees of both golf
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Large areas of Ramsdale in recent years have benefited from a tree planting programme from Woodland Trust. Native species in keeping with wider area have been selected.

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 Monthly newsletter posted in clubhouse for golfers to view highlighting what tasks have been undertaken in prior month on the golf course. Environmental notice board situated in prominent position in clubhouse entrance.

This golf facility undertakes the following social and environmental advocacy activities:

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Landmark Media utilised as a third party media agency to provide press releases on environmental matters.
Supporting campaigns Ramsdale supports the Battle Back campaign by offering complimentary golf to all veterans including buggy hire.
Joint practical projects with community Ramsdale Park offers the 'Ramsdale Scholarship' whereby 8 children from local schools are given free junior membership and 12 weeks free golf tuition by PGA professional.