PODCAST How your golf course can become a 'living landscape'
Did you know that as the golfing season comes to a close, we’re already putting together the next edition of Your Course magazine?
Once again the magazine will be sent out to every golf club in the country and will be packed full of features that inform golfers about the hard work of the nation’s greenkeepers.
Among the features will be a look at golf course ecology and the vital role greenkeepers can play in creating a network of ‘living landscapes’ across the UK. For this feature I visited Brandon Reach nature reserve for a conversation with Ian Jelley, of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, who has been working closely with courses across the region.
It’s been reported that Britain’s wildlife is at serious risk. One in five mammals are apparently at risk of extinction and it’s incredible to think that golf courses can play such an important role in wildlife support and recovery.
I hope you enjoy the conversation with Ian. Hopefully it’ll inspire others to speak to their local wildlife trust or other conversation charities and golf courses will begin to be recognised as the havens for wildlife that they so often are.
Don’t forget, we’re gearing up to the launch of the Continue to Learn brochure for January 2020. The education programme is going to be brilliant once again, so keep an eye out for the brochure included with your October edition of Greenkeeper International.
Jacobsen and BIGGA recognise the importance of preparing greenkeepers to take on the role of head greenkeeper or course manager. The Future Turf Managers Initiative has been designed to provide practical tools and guidance, to help candidates to pursue their career aspirations through a three-day professional develop conference.
Working with professional trainers, mentors, Jacobsen and BIGGA staff, graduates leave FTMI with a clear understanding of what the future holds and a realistic overview of the expectations that come with a management position.
Applications for FTMI run from September until October, so if you’re interested in taking the next big step in your career, head to the Member Opportunities section of the BIGGA website to find out more.
The Green Room Golf Course Podcast is produced by Karl Hansell on behalf of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association.
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