Attractive, healthy woodland is one of the most valuable assets that a golf club can have but all too often the importance of having a proactive management strategy for this precious resource can be overlooked. Not so at Wellingborough Golf Club, a private members’ club is set in 160 acres of parkland in the grounds of the 18th century Harrowden Hall in Northamptonshire.
As part of their strategy to preserve their beautiful woodland areas, the club commissioned Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt to develop a long-term plan for its woodland and parkland trees, all of which are protected by Tree Preservation Orders and are now threatened by the devastating ash dieback disease. Working with the club’s Tree Committee, a strategic approach was developed and implemented to address the challenge. As a result, the club has embarked on an ongoing programme of operational work including thinning, felling, tree surgery and replacement planting in order to mitigate the effects of ash dieback and preserve the treescape for the future. This is important for both course aesthetics and playability, adding an attractive variety to the course’s internal landscape.
In addition to the preservation work, Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt also advised on the planting of new and replacement ‘drifts’ of trees within the course layout. This helped to create attractive landscape features and provide valuable screening and continuity of structure as some of the existing boundary woodlands start to succumb to disease and old age.