Course Open. Total Buggy Ban. Total Trolley Ban. Preferred Lies in Play for areas cut to fairway height or less. Updated: 4th Dec 2023
At Bush Hill Park, we recognise the crucial responsibility that Golf Clubs have as environmental stewards to ensure the resilience and sustainability of the game – for the planet and community.
Our Sustainability Programme represents our ongoing commitments and aspirations to create an enduring legacy on the course, community, and the game we love.
Our programme is defined by continually building on greenkeeping practices that make the golf course less dependent on water, fertiliser, and chemicals, reducing energy and water wastage, and maintaining vital habitats for wildlife. Off the course, we strive to cascade our efforts by sourcing locally for a greener supply chain, and to reduce the Club’s carbon footprint.
We seek different ways to reduce fungicide usage, which include, different grass species that are more disease resistant, more use of metals such as iron, copper, and manganese in addition with phosphite’s, reducing organic matter and increasing the root depths to help make our greens more sustainable.
Our on-site waste to water cleaning system allows us to reduce our water usage by recycling dirty water in a tank for re-use. Harvesting water from the greenkeepers shed to make it require zero mains water supply is under review.
A commitment has been made to undertake a review of the restoration of an ancient pond on the course with the intention of recycling the water to keep our ponds topped up, and to reduce water usage from our borehole.
When they are of a standard and quality good enough for golf courses, we would like to incorporate the use of electric machines. Using hybrid machinery will reduce fuel, hydraulic oils, and noise pollution. Our affinity with Jemca Toyota Enfield has facilitated the use of an electric works vehicle.
Our electricity supplier was selected for being 100% Certified Green Electricity.
LED lighting has been installed in the greenkeeping shed.
Our golf buggies are all electric.
The golf course is home to vital habitats for a diverse and flourishing wildlife population with Egyptian Geese, Swans, Ducks, Moorhens, Coots, Herons, various species of fish, Foxes, Muntjac Deer, Bats, and Badgers.
We create log piles from felled trees, which create a sanctuary of food and shelter for insects particularly stag beetles. They find solace in the damp nooks and crannies a log pile provides, and as the wood decays over time, log piles attract an even greater range of wildlife like badgers, which may otherwise cause damage to the golf course.
During the Spring and Summer seasons, we introduce wildflowers and grasses to different parts of the golf course, eco areas, and uncut fescue grasses. These areas are important for providing valuable food sources for wildlife, attracting pollinators such as bumblebees, butterflies, and other insects, enhancing biodiversity and the course aesthetically.
For our Winter 2023/24 Programme, we will be building and installing bat boxes, bird boxes, and a bug hotel.
We are exploring the option of maintaining bees with the help of local professional beekeepers.
Our choice of suppliers is based on locality where reasonably possible. Our kitchen sources from a local butcher, a local dairy, and a local vegetable supplier.
Our menus cater extensively for vegans and vegetarians.
Bike racks have been installed in the carpark.
Food waste, and oil used in the kitchen is collected.
There are recycling receptacles for paper, card, plastic, cans, and glass bottles.
Off the course and into the Pro Shop, all tees, bamboo markers, and pitch forks for sale are made from bamboo.
The Pro Shop also retails a PUMA range made from recycled plastic bottles.
Membership bag tags are made from bamboo and carry accreditation from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and our membership cards have transitioned from plastic to eco-PVC.
In the Clubhouse, single-use plastic water bottles have been replaced with water cartons.