Going green

Beamish Park Golf Club’s green credentials have been recognised with an environmental award.

The club received the award at Durham County Council’s Environmental Partnership ceremony following work on a number of green initiatives and investments is reducing the club’s carbon footprint.

Work has included new hot roof insulation in the clubhouse, exchanging 600 halogen energy lightbulbs for LED bulbs and upgrading the heating system.

More projects are underway and due for completion in 2020, including upgrading the club’s fleet of LPG buggies to electric and changing computer and support systems.

As well as receiving the award, the club has benefitted from reducing its energy bills by 39% in the last six months, reducing its CO2 emissions by 13.7 tonnes so far.

Club secretary Trevor Robson said: “What we have achieved would not have been possible without the help and practical assistance of dedicated members, who have offered their professional skills completely free of charge.

“This has all led to positive comments and further engagement from our membership, which in turn encourages the management committee to consider future projects such as solar panels.”

Durham County Golf Union secretary Jonathan Ward added: “It’s great to see a club investing for the future. The club has taken a long-term view, which is not always easy to do in an era when so many clubs have to work towards short-term goals. The results ought to be applauded and act as encouragement for other clubs thinking of adopting a similar approach.”