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Thorpeness is England's 'greenest' club

A GOLF club in Suffolk can claim to be the greenest in Britain after it landed a national prize at a prestigious environmental awards ceremony.

Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club was named winner of the ‘Overall Environmental Achievement Award’ at the Sports Turf Research Insistitute Golf Environment Awards 2012, organised by STRI, a leading industry expert in the preparation and maintenance of sports pitches.

Ian Willett, course manager at Thorpeness, said: “This award is beyond all our expectations.

We are privileged to work in an area of outstanding natural beauty and to help conserve a rich habitat for a variety of flora, fauna, bird and wildlife, from orchids to adders, bats, Woodlarks and Nightjars.

“Contrary to popular belief, golf courses do little damage to wildlife. In fact, they are an oasis for wildlife within urban and built up areas.

"We take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and work hard to ensure our golf course remains a haven for wildlife.”

The accolade follows a string of other green awards for Thorpeness.

In 2011, it won the regional environmental achievement award for Southern England at the STRI Golf Environment Awards after rejuvenating heather and gorse habitats and establishing a large scale recycling facility for residents of Thorpeness Village.

And only a week before hearing of its win at the 2012 Golf Environment Awards, Ian Willett picked up a Gold Award from the Suffolk Carbon Charter; an innovative local scheme designed to recognise carbon reductions in SME’s with fewer than 250 staff.

“We are proud of our track record in environmental excellence and aspire to be a model for how to run a sustainable, environmentally friendly golf club,” added Willett. “Golf courses, especially Thorpeness, are beautiful places and it’s important that we keep them that way.”

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