OCEANTEE launch beach cleans and sustainability workshops to inspire children to drive change at their own golf clubs

Young golfers from across the UK are being invited to participate in a new project that will help combat plastic pollution and reduce its impact on the planet.  Through educational workshops and beach cleans the children will explore sources of pollution and the impact on marine environments and identify positive actions that golf clubs can take.  They will then be set the challenge to drive change at their own golf clubs.

Founder of sustainable golf brand OCEANTEE and lead on the FORETHEOCEAN project Ed Sandison said:

“Golf is played in beautiful places. We want future generations to be able to enjoy the fabulous views and wildlife we all take for granted and that means taking action now to protect the environment.  We hope these youngsters go away feeling empowered to become activists and inspire others to take action themselves.”

A collaborative effort

Ed Sandison OCEANTEE founder
Ed Sandison at the FORETHEOCEAN sustainability workshop

This project represents collaboration working at its best and is exactly what OCEANTEE have been striving for over the last two years.  OCEANTEE has brought together its partners the Marine Conservation Society, who are providing the education, and the Ladies European Tour (LET) who hosted the launch session at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open on August 10 at Dumbarnie Links. 

On the day, a group of young golfers from The Fife Golf Trust, St Regulus and Lundin Links Golf Clubs attended a sustainability workshop that explored Scottish marine wildlife. They were taught about plastic pollution, marine conservation and given ideas to take back to their own clubs before heading to the beach.

OCEANTEE Beach Clean
Heading out for the beach clean

Parents, guardians, representatives from the tournament including sponsors and players Stacy Lewis, the reigning Champion, and Camille Chevalier joined OCEANTEE Ambassador Inci Mehmet and the children on the beach to conduct a scientific survey of the debris left over a 100m area. This data will then be added to the database that The Marine Conservation Society has been collating for over 30 years. This information is important because it helps them drive government policy and keep track of the health of our ocean.

The importance of beach cleans

Jenny Griffiths, Education Manager at the Marine Conservation Society said:

“As well as using our beach clean data to understand pollution, the young golfers have also made their own contribution to our database by taking part in a beach clean.  We’ve been cleaning beaches and collecting data for over 30 years, which helps us identify patterns and inform our campaigns, so these young people really will help shape the future of our work.”

This project is about empowerment so the young golfers now have ideas and actions that they can take away and implement in everyday life and at their own golf clubs.  The golf clubs will be encouraged to share their work in progress and track results with one lucky venue winning a visit from a Tour golfer.

Celebrating the Green

This is all aligned with the sustainability initiative that the LET launched last year – Celebrating the Green, presented by Dow delivered in close partnership with the GEO Foundation – which aims to champion environment, climate, and community action across women’s golf.  After the introduction of this initiative, the LET was delighted to announce OCEANTEE as a Proud Supplier for the 2021 season with players and Pro-Am competitors having access to their award winning durable and sustainable bamboo tees.

LET Commercial Director Emma Allerton commented:

“The LET is committed to working with our partners to create a positive change, which is why we are so pleased to be able to support this amazing project.  There is an immediate impact in terms of the beach clean and in the longer term, it will be part of driving the conversation around the practical implications for golf and the environment.”

A perfect location to launch FORETHEOCEAN

2021 is VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters which makes Dumbarnie Links the perfect inaugural location for the Sustainability Series event, the results of which will be presented after the event at Dumbarnie Links in August.  OCEANTEE and The Marine Conservation Society plan to roll the education out in various formats to golf clubs and tournaments in the coming year.

Find out more about OCEANTEE here.