Sports clubs are bringing in nature and the crowd can’t be happier : UK Cricket clubs and golf clubs are doing their bit by nurturing the wildlife and ditching pesticides.
The Whalley Range Cricket club in South Manchester is surrounded by natural beauty. From rows of Apple trees to aged lime trees and grass cuttings. It has a habitat for birds feeding on trees, nests, grass snakes, and more. Last year Whalley Range Cricket club won Cricketer magazine’s inaugural UK greenest ground award. The club has now stopped the use of pesticides on the ground and shifted to the natural way.
Club chairperson Mike Hill says” Neighbours love it, you can spend time here with calm and color. Climate change has been very clear when you play cricket.”
Many sports clubs across the UK have started their approach toward nature. To contribute to climate control, sports clubs are cutting back on pesticides and harmful elements and letting nature take over. Moreover, the golf courses are being changed by conversationalists.
The membership services manager for ecology and sustainability at the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association, James Hutchinson remembers the widespread use of pesticides took place in the 1980s. He says” I remember thinking then, you’re killing everything just to have ground for playing golf.”
There are around 3000 golf courses across the UK, and many of these golf courses have borders with biodiversity. These borders include sand dunes, chalk downlands, and more. Many pesticides are already banned, so clubs are looking for alternative ways.
Water is the next big issue, many clubs are using the main irrigation system. Just like Cricket clubs, golf clubs have their own rewards for maintaining the environment on the field. This year, Newquay golf club was the winner. Their management plan has seen wildflowers such as scabious, knapweed, and cranesbill flourish.