The Sustainability Drive
To solidify their ongoing commitment to sustainability, England Golf has launched the Sustainability Drive, using BASIS principles as its backbone. Emma Huggins, Sustainability Manager, and Owen James, Sustainability Officer have written and launched #TheSustainabilityDrive, outlining the journey a golf club can take to become a sustainable community asset for current and future golfers.
The 12 principles of BASIS align superbly with the foundations of a sustainable plan and England Golf’s commitment to engaging, educating, and empowering current and future generations of golfers. By encouraging golf facilities and golfers to recognise, assess and prioritise their current situation and sustainable commitments, before documenting, refining, and developing their own sustainable strategy, England Golf is aiming to drive sustainable development within the game and the communities in which golf facilities sit.
England Golf has committed to leading by example through developments at The National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, the 1760 affiliated clubs and England Golf championships. By splitting the plan into these key areas, the sustainability team can design and distribute focused resources, which will maximise the potential for improvements.
With social progress being one of the BASIS principles, improving golf course management for communities, and not just golfers, is important to England Golf. In times of land use pressure, England Golf is confident that by strengthening ties with the community and showing golf to be positive for the local environment, golf can continue to thrive for years to come, giving back to the local area through carbon sequestration, water storage, biodiversity and wildlife improvements and social hubs.
Working with partners across differing industries, we hope that #TheSustainabilityDrive will become an example of a sport leading the change for a more sustainable future.