Weybrook Park Golf Club’s environmental and climate vision is to operate in harmony with the Hampshire downland landscape now and for future generations.
We have set up a conservation committee comprised of member volunteers and staff, as well as our award winning Greenkeeper Adam Olliver, to minimise environmental and climate impact.
WPGC Environmental & Climate Policy
Conservation Green Keeper of the Year 2022 - Adam Olliver Open or Close
At Weybrook Park Golf Club, Adam Olliver leads all the ecology initiatives on the 27-hole parkland golf course in Basingstoke. There are many ways in which Adam has improved the course to make it an ideal habitat for a variety of species, particularly birds. These include making and installing a swift box, owl box and a duck house on the course, which have all been installed in the last few years.
Adam also created huge Skylark Protection Areas by roping off large areas of the rough. Signs and a map were created to engage with members and clearly mark where each protection area was. The work was successful with several pairs of Skylark breeding on the course which will help to boost the numbers of this declining species
Other ecology work done on the course has been communicated to members by having more information signs. Elsewhere on the course insect populations are being supported by the addition of bug hotels.
By engaging with members, you can easily ensure any ground nesting bird nests aren’t trampled. As Skylarks are a red-listed species, the protection of their nests is particularly important to help to boost their population numbers. Great work Adam!
Weybrook Park Hives & Honey Open or Close
Club member Andrew May-Miller, who is Chairman of the Fleet & district beekeepers’ association, set up Weybrook Park’s first ever beehive (to the left of the driving range). Since then we have had a steady harvest of honey which is ready to eat and on sale in the clubhouse at the bar.All money from purchases will go to charity. £1 from each jar to the Captain’s charity and the rest to Andrew’s long term charity commitment - The Mlambe Project in Malawi where funds are being raised for building much needed schools.We hope the word spreads that we are a stockist of quality local honey, and that we can help to support two worthy charities while increasing general knowledge about bees and their importance in the environment.
Weybrook Wildlife Photography Open or Close
Not only is Adam the winner of the Conservation Greenkeeper Of The Year 2022, he is also an accomplished photographer, documenting the different wildlife seen around the course. Part of his collection can be seen on our “wildlife gallery” in the clubhouse, but to see more of his portfolio and the diverse species found at Weybrook Park, please visit Adam’s Instagram page www.instagram.com/therobinswhisperer.