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SRUC Elmwood Golf: a resource efficient business

 

SRUC Elmwood Golf Course, near Stratheden in Fife, recently showcased the measures put in place to be a more resource efficient business. The presentation and tour was organised by Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) and Green Network for Businesses and was attended by local golf courses and Fife Council.

The event is part of a Scotland-wide government funded initiative to promote benchmarking through sharing knowledge and experiences.

Greg Kilgour at SRUC Elmwood Golf Course

Emma Whittet (RES), Greg Kilgour (SRUC), Carolyn Hedley (Scottish Golf) and Vanessa Honore (RES)

Greg Kilgour, Depute Manager at Elmwood Golf Course, spoke of the support received from the environmental bodies – and all the good practices that has been put into place at the golf course as a result.

These measures include introducing water features in flood prone areas – which has attracted swans, moorhens and two species of newts – and using recycled golf balls for drainage backfill.

In 1998 Elmwood was the first golf course in the UK to be accredited with ISO 14001 – the Environmental Management Standard helping organisations become more environmentally friendly, reducing their consumption, waste and costs. Elmwood has continued its commitment to the environment and sustainability having now secured the GEO certification which is internationally renowned and recognised across the world as a sustainability standard.

Greg Kilgour said:

“It was great to have the golf course supported in showcasing some of its environmental initiatives by Resource Efficient Scotland. I would highly recommend any business looking to save costs and improve environmental performance to make contact with RES and see what support they can offer.”

 

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