Prest­bury Golf Club wins award

Macclesfield Express - - CHINESE NEW YEAR -

ECOL­O­GISTS at Prest­bury Golf Club put in a ster­ling ef­fort to bag a na­tional award.

The club, on Macclesfield Road, Prest­bury, joined three other UK clubs as one of the win­ners in the pres­ti­gious 2015 Golf En­vi­ron­men­tal Project Awards.

It scooped the gong af­ter a project to erad­i­cate the in­va­sive Hi­malayan Bal­sam plant from the course and its grounds.

Prest­bury’s en­try won a tro­phy and a cer­tifi­cate of ex­cel­lence for ‘En­vi­ron­men­tal project of the Year’ at the awards, which are or­gan­ised by the Sports Turf Re­search In­sti­tute ( STRI).

In to­tal, 163 Golf Clubs across the UK en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion, and of th­ese only 25 were con­sid­ered good enough to reach the fi­nals and merit a visit from the STRI ad­ju­di­ca­tor.

The Prest­bury project at­tracted favourable at­ten­tion af­ter a three year pro­gramme to erad­i­cate Hi­malayan Bal­sam, which is par­tic­u­larly ag­gres­sive and fast spread­ing and suf­fo­cates all the na­tive plants in the ar­eas over which it can rapidly spread.

Hav­ing cleared this weed there has now been a trans­for­ma­tion in the wood­lands of the Prest­bury course, with the emer­gence of blue­bells and other in­dige­nous plant life and the resur­gence of birds and small mam­mals in the area.

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