British golf fair BTME starts tree planting campaign

Visitors to the golf fair Turf Management Exhibition of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA) in Harrogate/England in 2023 have the opportunity to donate a tree when registering for the event, which will then be planted on a golf course. The first golf course to benefit is Harrogate Golf Club .

Harrogate’s Course Manager Ken Ward is enthusiastic about the project. “This is an opportunity to get our members and two local primary schools involved with a project on the golf course, so this is a fantastic thing.”

The golf trade fair BTME wants to draw significantly more attention to the problem of the CO₂ footprint of major events. James Hutchinson , where BIGGA is responsible for sustainability, supported the topic from the start. “The idea of planting trees as a means of offsetting carbon generated by people travelling to attend BTME was first proposed by a BIGGA member a couple of months ago and it is something that struck me as making a lot of sense.” With the National Trust in England also working towards its target of planting 20 million trees by 2030, the new BTME project has been integrated.

The next Harrogate show will be held in Harrogate from 24th to 26th January 2023.