Positive start for Blühpakt Bayern

The balance of the first few weeks is positive: 13 clubs have already registered for the Bavarian Blühpakt, which can receive the award as a “ Blooming Golf Course” from the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection as part of the project. After the Bavarian Golf Association signed a cooperation with the ministry in June with the aim of protecting native insects, the golf courses in Bavaria now have the opportunity to have their areas optimized for the protection and promotion of insects.

Free initial consultation for interested clubs
“Among the plants that have already registered for the Bloom Pact, there are some that we know have been working on the topic for years and are already very well positioned here,” summarizes Dr. Stephan Niederleitner as a flowering pact manager in the ministry. “Nevertheless, there are of course often still small optimization possibilities. But it is also gratifying that among the applications we also find systems that are only at the beginning of development.”
Golf courses that want to participate in the Blühpakt Bayern do not have to be certified by the DGV project Golf & Natur and do not have to pay any fees. “Meanwhile, a number of clubs have also registered that are not yet taking part in Golf & Natur,” summarizes the Managing Director of the Bavarian Golf Association, Heidi Klump. “Our goal is to get clubs on the path to Golf and Nature.”
Of particular interest for golf courses is the free initial consultation, where experts visit the golf course and then give recommendations for natural design, development of the areas, plant selection, soil preparation and care. After a call for tenders from the ministry, the choice fell on the Landesbund für Vogelschutz, whose experts are spread across Germany and on the other hand already have a wide range of experience with golf courses.

At the end there is the award as “Blossoming Golf Course”
The Bavarian Blühpakt is an initiative of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection. The aim is to cooperate with associations, companies and other social and economic actors in order to stop the decline in the number of insects and in biodiversity. Further information, including how to register, can be found here .