GEO Gears up for BTME 2016
Next week sees the annual BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) 19th – 21st January at Harrogate International Centre. An essential feature in the diary of turfgrass professionals over the past 25 years, BTME attracts thousands of visitors from over 25 countries. With opportunities to meet suppliers, source products, network with their peers and participate in an extensive programme of educational activities the event is much anticipated and enjoyed each year.
This year GEO (Golf Environment Organization) will be partnering with FEGGA (The Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association) on a stand throughout the event. Centrally located next to hosts BIGGA (British and Irish Golf Greenkeepers Association) GEO and FEGGA will be present throughout the conference to discuss the benefits of embedding sustainability in their operations and share how clubs can get recognised for the work their already doing.
Patrick Walker, Industry Engagement Manager at GEO said “we’re really looking forward to representing sustainable golf at BTME this year. It’s always a very positive and successful event and we thank BIGGA for once again organizing it and inviting us along. We’re also very much looking forward to working with our one of partners, FEGGA, at the event, who, along with their members, have long supported golfs drive towards sustainability.”
Throughout the week the GEO and FEGGA team will be offering live signups for clubs to OnCourse®, golfs sustainability programme. OnCourse® is a free web-based tool available to all golf facilities worldwide providing practical tools and real work examples to support clubs with their individual sustainability goals. Funded and developed by the golf industry OnCourse® helps clubs to easily and credibly share their efforts and achievements, and can lead to becoming GEO Certified®, golf’s international sustainability standard.
“Golf and sustainability are a very natural fit”, says Walker. “You’ll find that most clubs are undertaking actions which protect nature, reduce their resource use and support their local community, every day, as par for the course! OnCourse® and becoming GEO Certified® allows these clubs to not only enhance and expand this work but to also get recognised for their current and ongoing commitment to sustainability.”
“Next week we and FEGGA, along with friends from throughout the industry, including BIGGA’s own Sustainability Executive, James Hutchinson, will be on hand at BTME to talk to visitors about the advantages of sustainable golf, what they are already doing and how OnCourse® can help to bring further benefits to their club. If you’re going to be there please stop by to see us.”
For more information about sustainable golf and the OnCourse® programme you can visit GEO and FEGGA at stand B28 at BTME 2016 19th – 21st January 2016 or visit www.golfenvironment.org. For more information about BTME 2016 and other exhibitors at the event visit www.btme.org.uk.