Banned pesticide was used on greens at Burley Golf Club in the New Forest

Daily Echo: Golf club gaffe could cost New Forest £100,000 Golf club gaffe could cost New Forest £100,000

GUARDIANS of the New Forest have warned that the area could lose out on up to £100,000 after a banned pesticide was used on a golf course.

The Verderers have confirmed that vital conservation cash could be axed after a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) was treated with an unauthorised chemical.

The Forest receives £2m a year under the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme, run by Natural England and partly-funded by the European Union.

HLS money is used to restore and enhance internationally important habitats, but the Forest must meet stringent criteria to qualify for the payment.

Following an inspection carried out by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) the area could lose a fifth of its 2014-2015 payment as a result of Burley Golf Club using a banned pesticide on its greens.

RPA staff said that the club deployed a pesticide not licensed for use on a SSSI.

The HLS scheme was launched in 2010 after the Verderers and other Forest organisations made a joint approach to the Government.

Colin Draper, grazing manager for the Verderers, said: “The greens are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and this is considered by the RPA to be a serious breach of the HLS agreement.

“We’ll probably learn in the next few days if a financial penalty will be imposed. They could give us a stern warning instead.”

Mr Draper said the golf club had been made aware of the issue and was taking steps to prevent any future breaches.

He added: “They’re embarrassed this problem has arisen and want to make sure they only use pesticides on the prescribed list and properly record their use of chemical fertilisers.”

Burley councillor Ann Hickman, pictured below, said: “I was rather taken aback when I learned what had happened.

“It’s a great shame the club didn’t use the right pesticide.

“It could cost the Forest a lot of money. I just hope the fine doesn’t go ahead.”

HLS money has been used to fund conservation schemes and the modernisation of the Beaulieu Road pony sales yard.

The breach was discovered when RPA staff inspected golf clubs, campsites and other facilities during a four-month visit to the Forest last year.

Last night the club declined to comment.

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8:44pm Sat 25 Jan 14

4stands says...

One of the toughest courses there is in Hampshire for sure not one for the faint hearted
One of the toughest courses there is in Hampshire for sure not one for the faint hearted 4stands

8:56pm Sat 25 Jan 14

forest hump says...

Nonsensical, Environmental claptrap. If it is on general sale (and even some that are not) it is perfectly safe. The clue is in "partly funded by the EU" they are the biggest monetary and legal burden this country has ever experienced. We should have followed the Norwegian and Swiss model and told them to get stuffed. Bunch of unproductive leeches.
Nonsensical, Environmental claptrap. If it is on general sale (and even some that are not) it is perfectly safe. The clue is in "partly funded by the EU" they are the biggest monetary and legal burden this country has ever experienced. We should have followed the Norwegian and Swiss model and told them to get stuffed. Bunch of unproductive leeches. forest hump

9:04pm Sat 25 Jan 14

derek james says...

forest hump wrote:
Nonsensical, Environmental claptrap. If it is on general sale (and even some that are not) it is perfectly safe. The clue is in "partly funded by the EU" they are the biggest monetary and legal burden this country has ever experienced. We should have followed the Norwegian and Swiss model and told them to get stuffed. Bunch of unproductive leeches.
unfortunately it looks like we won't get an eu vote
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Nonsensical, Environmental claptrap. If it is on general sale (and even some that are not) it is perfectly safe. The clue is in "partly funded by the EU" they are the biggest monetary and legal burden this country has ever experienced. We should have followed the Norwegian and Swiss model and told them to get stuffed. Bunch of unproductive leeches.[/p][/quote]unfortunately it looks like we won't get an eu vote derek james

10:26pm Sat 25 Jan 14

forest hump says...

derek james wrote:
forest hump wrote:
Nonsensical, Environmental claptrap. If it is on general sale (and even some that are not) it is perfectly safe. The clue is in "partly funded by the EU" they are the biggest monetary and legal burden this country has ever experienced. We should have followed the Norwegian and Swiss model and told them to get stuffed. Bunch of unproductive leeches.
unfortunately it looks like we won't get an eu vote
I agree Derek. Unfortunately, the natural progression route for senior members of Government is a high-flying post in the European Administration. Being true to their greedy selves, a referendum would not suit their needs!
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Nonsensical, Environmental claptrap. If it is on general sale (and even some that are not) it is perfectly safe. The clue is in "partly funded by the EU" they are the biggest monetary and legal burden this country has ever experienced. We should have followed the Norwegian and Swiss model and told them to get stuffed. Bunch of unproductive leeches.[/p][/quote]unfortunately it looks like we won't get an eu vote[/p][/quote]I agree Derek. Unfortunately, the natural progression route for senior members of Government is a high-flying post in the European Administration. Being true to their greedy selves, a referendum would not suit their needs! forest hump

10:35pm Sat 25 Jan 14

miltonarcher says...

4stands wrote:
One of the toughest courses there is in Hampshire for sure not one for the faint hearted
It's only nine holes, no water hazards hardly any bunkers, I only play there occasionally and still manage to beat members, yeah!
[quote][p][bold]4stands[/bold] wrote: One of the toughest courses there is in Hampshire for sure not one for the faint hearted[/p][/quote]It's only nine holes, no water hazards hardly any bunkers, I only play there occasionally and still manage to beat members, yeah! miltonarcher

11:30am Sun 26 Jan 14

4stands says...

miltonarcher wrote:
4stands wrote:
One of the toughest courses there is in Hampshire for sure not one for the faint hearted
It's only nine holes, no water hazards hardly any bunkers, I only play there occasionally and still manage to beat members, yeah!
Plenty of water hazards there at the moment Mincing!! I think that you would also agree that the green fees are very reasonable........
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]4stands[/bold] wrote: One of the toughest courses there is in Hampshire for sure not one for the faint hearted[/p][/quote]It's only nine holes, no water hazards hardly any bunkers, I only play there occasionally and still manage to beat members, yeah![/p][/quote]Plenty of water hazards there at the moment Mincing!! I think that you would also agree that the green fees are very reasonable........ 4stands

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