Greenkeeping Update With Greg 18/12/18

Greenkeeping Update With Greg 18/12/18

With Christmas fast approaching, no major projects will be begun now until the new year. On that note, unfortunately we haven’t got the work on Rawcliffe completed as the required parts to repair our turf cutter won’t be ready in time for it to be returned to us until next year. Although disappointing, it doesn’t interfere with golf on the hole as each area is currently GUR anyway. That said, we will be keeping the hole shortened otherwise the large area of bare soil in the fairway will be right where the majority of balls will end up.

One thing that may be of interest to some of you is, on the 27th December at 11 am, we will be hosting a wildlife walk. This is open to all, whether a member of the club or not and our aim is to let people know more about the importance of the site here at Hunley in regard to the local and wider environment. With most land being either occupied by farmland or built up areas, the golf course actually provides the greatest habitat for a variety of wildlife in the area.
So why is this and what is it about wildlife at Hunley that is so important? Below are a few reasons.
  • Research has shown that nearby green space greatly improves mental and physical health
  • It is a vital haven and corridor for our wildlife, including many rare species
  • Corridors are very important for wildlife to be able to move around the country. Without sites like Hunley many species can become isolated and unable to breed properly.
  • The site also greatly influences the wildlife that people will see in their gardens.
  • It acts as an excellent area for wildlife to take refuge and be protected from nearby land usage and also for many visiting species that just come to feed off the land.
  • Between the golf course and the seas is a nature reserve managed by the wildlife trust and the 2 sites benefit from each other.
  • With almost all species across the country in decline, the importance of sites like ours are increasing.
Firstly, it would be great if you wanted to come along for this informative walk and we will have Ian Kendall from the land trust with us to take questions and talk about some of the rare and interesting species on the site.
We will also be looking at what work we do to encourage and protect the wildlife on site and how potentially you could too!
Many thanks
Greg

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