We’ve had our Arborist’s in today to prune branches around the 1st green, this will improve air and light to the green and reduce disease infection while improving the playing surfaces in this area. We’ve had to take down 2 dying Oak trees in the 2nd gap which have recieved large amounts of golf ball damage and the Arborists are unable to climb as they are deamed to dangerous. We still have further more pruning to complete on Monday by reducing the coppiced holly from previous woodland management work and around the red tee this will encourage the Bluebells in this area and high light the feature bomb crater and ditch which has the characteristics of the famous golf course architect James Braid.
Golf ball damage…
unfortunately we have notice this tree has become dead/dangerous and needs to felled this morning due to the large crack at the base of the tree.
As winter is fast approaching plans are being made for the annual pruning of trees on the gaps from Tees and all par 3’s. Work will commence from the end of November through till February on a regular basis, weather permitting.
Recently cleared areas on the 7th and 14th are really coming along with the Bluebell’s in full flower, I have registered these ancient Bluebell areas with the Woodland Trust through their website #BigBluebellWatch. I will expect these areas to increase their population of Bluebells in time providing we clear the ground floor off any new growth from weeds etc, this will be incorporated into our winter plan. There has been some Oaks that have been felled due to them being either dead,dying and creating space for mature trees to grow into. This is all part of managing a woodland area of Bluebells and mature Oaks.