A golf club has been awarded £10k to provide water to cows
A multimillion pound fund has awarded a Gloucestershire golf club £10,000 – to provide water to cows. It is thought that introducing the cows to the locality will safeguard the future of some flowers, which in turn attract a variety of animals to the area.
The BIFFA Award has been granted to Painswick Golf Club to install an underground pipe network to five grazing paddocks on Painswick Beacon Common. Both the golf club and Biffa Award, which is funded by money donated by waste management business Biffa Group to improve communities living near to landfill sites, believe that reintroducing the cattle will keep alive an ecosystem that saves wildlife under threat from extinction.
Mike Hoey, president of Painswick Golf Club, said: “Cattle grazing on Painswick Beacon and Common has been proved to enhance the quality of Cotswold grass which encourages rare orchids and attracts more butterflies.
“The Biffa Award grant has enabled us to provide mains water supplies to five paddocks, which is crucial to the long-term sustainability of a beautiful environment that encompasses a golf course.”
Among the wildlife expected to be helped by the project include wild herbs and flowers, notably rare orchids that attract a variety of reptiles, invertebrates and butterflies.
Paul Hackman, Gloucestershire lead adviser at Natural England, added: “Painswick Beacon is a site of special scientific interest, important for its species-rich calcareous grassland and associated species.
“The reintroduction of grazing has been made possible largely by the work of a dedicated group of volunteers.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award programme manager, said: “Projects like this, which aim to protect and encourage rare species at a local level, are incredibly important, which is why we look to invest in them.
“The project at Painswick Beacon Common is a great example of what can be achieved with a small grant from Biffa Award.”