In 2022, the Club embarked on a long-term Woodland Management strategy under the stewardship of John Nicholson.
John is a qualified arborist and he has carried out similar projects at over 400 golf clubs in the UK.
Our woodland mission statement is :
Maintain and enhance the quality of the golf course
- To protect the golfing strategy of holes by creating sustainable woodland cover.
- To improve the quality of grass sward by managing the trees and woodland and stopping encroachment into the line of play.
Maintain and enhance the long-term landscape value of the course.
- Bring existing woodlands into management so their long-term impact on the landscape can be preserved.
- To Maintain the views to the broader landscape and highlight interesting features
Enhance the value of the course for wildlife.
- Utilise native species, mainly non-deciduous, when planting.
- Thin existing woodland where appropriate to encourage development of natural regeneration of tree species and ground flora and a more diverse canopy structure.
- To maintain the calcareous grassland
Ensure safety of members, guests and employees.
- Fell or make safe trees identified as potentially unsafe.
Encourage long term vision and continuity of management policy.
- Ensure all work proposals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and costed.
- To ensure that the necessary licenses are obtained from the Forestry Authority.
- Review management on an annual basis.
Consult with Members on a regular basis
- We will, on an annual basis, hold meetings to update members on projects and progress.
You can download the recent presentations made by John Nicholson and Scott Weale below.
John Nicholson & Associates
Woodland Winter Works 2023-24