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9:00 AM 27th May 2020

Resort Gives Green Light To Ethical Golfers

One of Europe’s premier golf and lifestyle destinations has unveiled a new eco-strategy, giving ‘green friendly’ golfers good reason to hop on a flight to Portugal.

Quinta do Lago is nestled within the Algarve and the privacy and security of the 2,000 acre Ria Formosa nature reserve on Portugal’s southern coast.

It has been a long-term supporter of golf’s drive to preserve the environment and has now underlined its commitment further by unveiling a new eco-strategy to boost its sustainability credentials.

Working closely with the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) and following its ‘On Course’ environmental stewardship programme, the top sports and family venue has launched a multi-tiered plan with three key aims: to foster nature, conserve resources and support the community.

As well as improving sustainability on its three 18-hole championship courses, Quinta do Lago will adopt an enhanced approach to conservation across other business sectors of the resort including at its world-class sports hub The Campus, The Magnolia Hotel, its 13 bars and restaurants and general resort services.

“Our aim is for Quinta do Lago to become an inspirational, community-engaged and high-profile champion of sustainability,” said Sean Moriarty, CEO at Quinta do Lago.

“The great thing about the golf legacy is that it works so well together with the other different business units of the resort. Golf can be a leader in so many ways; from eco-system services, conservation of wildlife and health and well-being for all ages to creating jobs and adding value to the economy through local supply chains.

“As a resort, we are united in our approach to supporting nature and our communities - conserving resources at the same time – and we’re looking forward to unveiling our new strategy to residents and guests in the coming months.”

New Sustainability Strategy
The resort created its own farm last year to provide its restaurants with homegrown organic produce and has now announced a series of further measures to help foster nature, including placing information boards on the golf courses and nearby nature trails advising people of the wildlife living nearby.

Improved irrigation and introducing native plants in and around the golf courses to control and remove invasive exotic species; building ‘bug hotels’ for insects – helping to control garden pests so reducing the use of insecticides – increasing the number of bird-nesting boxes and constructing bee houses; removing single-use plastics at its restaurants; and using a new fleet of electric golf buggies across the resort are among the initiatives being introduced to help conserve resources.

For more information on Quinta do Lago and its facilities, call + 351 289 390 700 or visit www.quintadolago.com