2014 - Boston West Golf Club

Boston West Golf ClubBoston West Golf Club

Overall Winner of the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2014 and Anglian Water Business Award: Boston West Golf Club

Boston West Golf Club has embraced both Environmental and Conservation good practice. In the clubhouse, recycling is high on the agenda with cardboard, paper and glass all recycled, as are all plastics, waste oil, fertiliser bags and metals from the greenkeeping premises. Where possible only energy efficient bulbs are used throughout, and renewable energy is created via the 40 Solar Panels on the clubhouse roof. All waste water produced within the clubhouse and hotel is treated and recycled for golf course irrigation. Rainwater is also harvested from the hotel roof as a supplement. Zero mains water leaves the premises.

Surrounded by intensive agriculture with limited biodiversity, we have taken a barren field with no features and created not only a great golfing experience but an oasis for wildlife out on the course with a broad range of species attracted to the diverse range of habitats created within. Habitats created are reedbeds, woodlands, hedgerows, ponds, log piles, a brick barn owl tower, over 100 nest boxes of various types including kestrel (pictured above), insect hotels, wildflower areas, animal shelters and much much more.

One hundred bird species including waxwing, lesser spotted woodpecker and osprey have been observed on or over the course with no fewer than thirty eight species confirmed as breeding on site. Seventeen butterfly and one hundred and twenty moth species have also been recorded.

Runners Up: Branston Potatoes Ltd and Cargill PLC

Farm/Rural enterprise award sponsored by Lincoln Toyota: F G Battle and Sons

Over 150 years the family farm of F G Battle and Sons has increased to 656 hectares plus 84 hectares of woodland, and now has four full time employees. They have have always combined a thoroughly commercial and profitable arable farming business (and active/commercial woodland management) with the retention and enhancement of wildlife habitats and landscape features. The farming system is not organic but run on LEAF principles, with an eye to conservation implications and maximising biodiversity in all day to day husbandry decisions.

HLS grants have helped to create wildlife corridors, restore hedgerows, ponds and traditional buildings, provide conservation margins/beetle banks, and recreate limestone grassland and wetlands. Management grants are in place for wild bird and brood rearing cover, pollen and nectar mix plots, over-wintered stubbles, skylark plots etc. Barn owl boxes have been very successful over the farm and there are good hare numbers.

Runners Up: Marriage’s Specialist Foods and Rudies Roots Nurseries

Community award sponsored by Centrica: Grantham Rivercare

Grantham is fortunate in having a stretch of the River Witham running close to the town centre. Not only is this an attractive feature but it home to rare species of wildlife including white clawed crayfish, water voles and kingfishers.Regrettably however a small minority of people choose to spoil things by discarding large amounts of rubbish in and around the river. In 2004 the problem was recognised by Grantham Civic Society and Rivercare was formed. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength.

Volunteers of all ages and social backgrounds turn out regardless of the weather to clean up the two mile stretch adopted by the Group. Members are passionate are the river and prepared to take on any challenge. Although most of the rubbish is light weight (bottles, cans, food wrappers etc) we have been known to salvage furniture, traffic cones, bicycles, shopping trolleys, tyres and mattresses. With the help of the local council we try to recycle when we can.

Runners Up: Bishops Palace Heritage Site and The Coastal Eco Centre

Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award 2014 supported by FCC Environment: Skegness Infant Academy

The children at Skegness Infant Academy immerse themselves in environmental/sustainability issues through improving our grounds into an ‘Eco Area’. A bog area has been built, as have vegetable beds, habitat piles, trees and hedges planted. Pupils have access every lunchtime to develop the area further for birds, animals and plants. There are no barriers to outdoor learning and pupils are actively encouraged to spend time outdoors every day. The Pupil Council are developing plans to recycle/re-use as much as possible and are fully engaged in the environmental developments within the Academy.

Runners Up: Cordeaux Academy, Jordan Havell and Kirkby La Thorpe Primary Academy