Sheringham Shoal grant provides ‘green’ irrigation for North Walsham bowling green

A grant from the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund has enabled the North Walsham New Road Bowls and Snooker Club to install a pop-up automated irrigation system which harvests rainwater to water the Club’s bowling green.

Irrigation on North Walsham bowling green

The eco-friendly system features a 10,000 litre rainwater storage tank, the contents of which are used to automatically water the bowling green during the early morning of days when there has been less than 6mm of rainfall in the previous 24 hours.

The system was installed by Irrigation Services UK Limited, a Norfolk based company which specialises in design and installation of automated systems to provide sports turf irrigation.

Bowls Captain Bryan Sadler is delighted with the new system, saying:

“The Club has around 116 members and is run entirely by volunteers. As well as making the lives of us green keepers so much easier, particularly during periods of hot weather such as we experienced last year, we are expecting this irrigation system to enable us to significantly reduce the Club’s mains water consumption.”

He added: “Without the generous support of the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund, the installation of this new system would not have been possible and we are so grateful to them.”

1st 'switch-on' by Karl Butler (centre)

1st ‘switch-on’ by Karl Butler (centre)

Head Green-keeper, 84 year old Dennis Bunn, said he had wanted this system for many years and it is a dream come true.

Karl Butler, the Power Plant Manager of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm attended the system inauguration late last month. He said:

Bowls Captain Bryan Sadler is delighted with the new system, saying:

““Since the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund was established in 2010, it has made grant awards to some highly innovative projects, but this is the first irrigation system which i t has supported. It is certainly a good fit with the Community Fund’s sustainability theme.””

The Sheringham Shoal Community Fund supports projects that make a difference in North Norfolk, tackling issues including climate change, sustainable communities, marine environment / safety, renewable energy and education / employment. It is administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation []

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Issue Date: 09-04-2019