Things to do and the local environment

A stay in Thorpeness is all about winding down, having fun and taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. We're lucky enough to have a spectacular coastline, ideal for strolling, skimming and splashing. It's also an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of Britain's finest landscapes with wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic homes and gardens.

Looking after our local environment

As a hotel we understand we have a responsibility to help to protect and sustain the local environment. We take this responsibility seriously and are constantly reviewing a number of measures to reduce energy loss and lowering our carbon footprint. Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club sits on a low lying plain of the Suffolk Heritage Coast and is a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The company’s green policy has been built in to staff conduct and inductions, ensuring all staff members are aware of their duty of care and personal responsibilities in helping these efforts. Staff members are encouraged to propose new energy saving ideas and working methods. Helping the local environment is a part of the company ethos.

As part of the TA Hotel Collection, all recycling materials from sister hotels are taken to Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club for regular collections by local authorities, cutting down the number of lorries needed for collections and regular surveys are carried out asking how people travel to and from work, car sharing is encouraged across the group.
Situated in Suffolk, the hotels are surround with a wealth of local suppliers and the ‘keep it local’ ideology encourages departments to use local suppliers where possible, reducing carbon footprint from deliveries while at the same time helping the local business economy, supporting local businesses.

In 2012, Thorpeness Golf Club was named winner of the “Overall Environmental Achievement Award” at the STRI Golf Environment Awards, organised by STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute), a leading industry expert in the preparation and maintenance of sports pitches.

Ian Willett, course manager at Thorpeness, said: “This award is beyond all our expectations. We are privileged to work in an area of outstanding natural beauty and to help conserve a rich habitat for a variety of flora, fauna, bird and wildlife, from orchids to adders, bats, Woodlarks and Nightjars.

Contrary to popular belief golf courses do little damage to wildlife. In fact, they are an oasis for wildlife within urban and built up areas.

We take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and work hard to ensure our golf course remains a haven for wildlife.”

The accolade follows a string of other green awards for Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club, part of the TA Hotel Collection, a group of five distinctive and independent hotels in Suffolk.

In 2011, it won the regional environmental achievement award for Southern England at the STRI Golf Environment Awards after rejuvenating heather and gorse habitats and establishing a large scale recycling facility for residents of Thorpeness Village.

Only a week before hearing of its win at the 2012 Golf Environment Awards, the hotel picked up a Gold Award from the Suffolk Carbon Charter; an innovative local scheme designed to recognise carbon reductions in SME’s with fewer than 250 staff.

The charter is part of a drive to make Suffolk England’s greenest county and enables local businesses to become environmental champions. Thorpeness is the first hotel and golf club to achieve Gold Award status and received its award at the end of October.

Ian Willett and his team work closely with the Suffolk Sandlings Project, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and English Nature to ensure the club works in harmony with rather than against the local environment.

Most recently, Thorpeness installed a water recycling system and a variety of nesting boxes for birds and bats, including Blue Tits, Owls and Hawks.

English Ryder Cup Player Justin Rose is ambassador for the Golf Environment Awards. Rose said: “It’s great that these Awards are helping to promote and highlight the work that many golf clubs are performing to improve the environment and support a positive future for golf within the UK.

We need to do more to highlight how golf clubs can introduce their own environmental projects and shout out about the achievement and success of current schemes”.

In 2004 and 2005, Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club won the South East Regional award in the BIGGA (British and International Golf Green Keepers Association) annual Golf Environment Competition.

“We are proud of our track record in environmental excellence and aspire to be a model for how to run a sustainable, environmentally friendly golf club and hotel. Golf courses, especially Thorpeness, are beautiful places and it’s important that we keep them that way,” added Willett.

Find out more about the Golf Environment Awards.