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Making our golf courses greener

The drive continues to make golf courses even greener by using recycled products in their construction.

At this year’s Harrogate Week, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) showcased the performance and environmental benefits as well as providing updates on the many courses around the UK already successfully using recycled products.

Recent trials carried out by the Sports Turf Research Institute show that garden waste compost provides a quick source of nitrogen to sports turf, prompting faster than anticipated green up and increased wear and tolerance.

WRAP materials development manager for glass Bronnie Allen said: “Green keepers are already well aware of the benefits of using recycled products in the maintenance of their courses.

They are proven to be fit for use, many offer initial savings and significant whole-life time cost savings, and they allow golf courses and developers to easily demonstrate their green credentials.

“A good example of this is processed sand, where roughly 2,000 wine bottles can be recycled into a tonne of processed sand. Given that an average bunker takes five tonnes of sand, this is the equivalent of diverting 10,000 wine bottles from landfill.”

Results are due this year on tests aimed at demonstrating the suitability of processed sand as a root-zone material.

The organisation is also planning several training events and open days throughout 2006 for green keepers, course designers and construction professionals.

Allen added: “What WRAP is looking to do now is to take this a step further and demonstrate the benefits of recycled materials in course construction. We hope to be able to show golf course designers and construction professionals how easy it is to incorporate recycled materials.”

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