Category Archives: Sustainability

The Management and Practice of Sustainability

“Society is widely acknowledged as having many detrimental impacts on the planet; sustainability offers a pathway to mitigate these impacts.“ This was the start of the abstract for my MSc research project back in 2009/10: Whilst we see the term ‘sustainability’ mentioned every day, I would have thought that by now society and my own industry would have been thoroughly engaged with the concept and would be implementing sustainable practices and management plans as a matter of routine. How wrong

Carbon Footprinting and Climate Change

Just a quick reflection on a recent event: With the meeting of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in South Korea on 8th October 2018, the summary statement was  that “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, …….. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, …..” I

Beyond IPM (Part 3 of 3)

Weed management Weeds that are present in a sports turf or fine ornamental lawn will generally only provide a very low health and safety risk due to reduced turf strength, potentially producing either a slippery surface or one which provides less traction (or grip) for a player. This could increase the potential for minor injuries from twists and falls, but the likelihood of injury would be very small. Moss and algae can pose a higher risk in some areas, especially

Beyond IPM (Part 2 of 3)

Much of the below is plain common sense and is practiced by many greenkeepers and groundsmen anyway, although it doesn’t hurt to reiterate some good practices with an aim to minimise and eliminate the use of pesticides. Disease management The implementation of an integrated disease management strategy that really emphasises the importance of having a good understanding of disease ecology along with correct cultural and physical practices, which are based on sound agronomic principles, can provide a solid foundation in

Beyond IPM (Part 1 of 3)

With the findings of the recent court case (August 2018) in the USA regarding the use of the pesticide Glyphosate and its alleged contribution to the cancer of a groundsman, as well as the negative impact pesticide use has on wildlife in general, the need to challenge Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as supposedly being the ‘best practice’ approach cannot be understated and is part of a wider an issue we should be investigating and debating. (The Guardian, 11th August 2018,