PARKLAND (Large and Medium size Trees)
Various areas of the course are parkland which incorporates areas of varying types of woodland. The types of trees which are native to this area: -Common Alder, Ash, Aspen, Silver Birch, Common Oak, Rowan, Willow, Oak, Crack Willow, Beech, Downy Birch, Bird Cherry, Wild Cherry, Scots Pine, Yew and White Willow. Others such as the Sycamore and Chestnut have been present since the 16th century.
The proposed planting scheme and any future schemes should only incorporate native species to guarantee any sort of success with establishing the selected areas.
There are other areas of the course which have smaller species of trees and shrubs. Those that are native to the area are:- Blackthorn, Broom, Alder Buckthorn, Purging Buckthorn, Elder, Gorse, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Dog Rose, Earen Willow, Osier Willow and Gray Willow.
Numerous varieties of these are to be found in the scrub areas which in many places have been left to nature to develop and need to be controlled in order that the natural Heath and Grassland is not unduly encroached upon.
Heather and gorse are the main components of the vegetation of lowland heath, comprising: - Common Heather, Cross Leaved Heath, Bell Heather and Gorse, also a number of varieties of rough grasses.
The management of ponds is a specialized subject. The water levels must not be allowed to drop below a certain level and quality. The main problem with the ponds that are surrounded with fairly dense foliage is the reduced amount of available sunlight. During the autumn and winter months these ponds are continually littered with leaves and branches from the surrounding trees. It is essential that maintenance of the ponds is undertaken to ensure the water quality is adequate to support wildlife.
STREAMS AND DITCHES
These areas are essential to the drainage of the course. However, in many cases they become encroached by the trees, scrub and weed. This causes them to foul up and also foul the drains which feed into them. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that a rational management program is carried out. Some ditches are no longer viable due to subsidence. These need to be identified and a plan developed to return to their proper use, or to fill and restore the profile of the ground.