Prestbury Golf Club wins award
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.