Crowborough Common - The Official Site

The Board is pleased to announce that, following last years' initial HLS (Higher Level Stewardship) funded tree clearance on the 4th, 5th & 6th holes, that further fully-funded tree thinning and scrub clearance will be undertaken starting on Wednesday 4th November in the below identified areas. Work is anticipated to last for approximately 4 weeks. There will inevitably be some disruption with noise, and inevitable bonfire smoke, but hopefully any need to disrupt play will be kept to a minimum.

 

  • In between holes 3 and 4 where minor tree thinning between the 3rd green and 4th tee will take place. Scrub removal from Ladies 3rd tee up to the grass bunker short of the 3rd green. It is likely that some occasional hole closure will be necessary when contractors are working in the line of fire from golfers.
  • Tree thinning and scrub clearance from the gully short of the 2nd green to the 5th white tee. This will take the form of a 40 yard strip of clearance/ thinning. Gorse along the ditch/bridleway will also be removed along the 4th hole.

 

Areas of regeneration shaded in Red below

 


 

 

 

Heathland Regeneration on Crowborough Common - October 2014

 

Work is anticipated to begin on Monday October 20th with Phase 1 of a 10 year heathland regeneration project.  Tree felling by a previously used Contractor, English Woodlands, will begin on the left-hand side of the 5th and 6th holes. Further work to the left-hand side of the 4th hole will complete the first year’s programme. The cultural and conservation value of Lowland Heathland is well recognised across Europe. Many species associated with this habitat are rare or in decline. Lowland Heathland is a broad term that refers to a mosaic of wet, damp and dry habitats, characterized by dwarf shrubs such as heathers (Ling; Bell; Cross-Leaved) and gorses (Common; Western; Dwarf) all generally found on poor acidic soil below 300 metres.

 

Heathland supports rare plants and animals such as Marsh Gentian, Southern Damsel Fly, Nightjar and Sand Lizard, all of which are found at Crowborough Beacon.

 

Open Heath is rarer than rain forest and the UK has 20% of the World total, thus not only do we need to preserve and improve our heathland, but also recreate them in areas recently lost.

 

The restoration work is being funded/part funded through a Higher Level Stewardship scheme as the Common has been recognised as a valuable area of Lowland Heath and as such provides a rich and diverse landscape. It is not the Clubs aim to remove every tree on the course, even though historic photographs show a landscape and golf course with just a handful of mature trees. The aim is to simply improve on what we already have, such as increasing and improving our heather, maintaining our unimproved grassland, and maintaining our areas of woodland and gorse.

 

Work to be carried out Winter 2014/15 in conjunction with English Woodlands include the following areas of Common:

 

4th Hole

From the back of the teeing ground down the left-hand side of the hole to the Canadian War Memorial, an overgrown area of Birch, Gorse and Alder will be removed. Isolated specimen trees will remain, the area will then have the tree stumps removed, the organic matter removed, followed up by some sympathetic levelling to allow for future mowing. The area will then be seeded with heather. For a period of approximately three weeks there is likely to be some disturbance from smoke from bonfires and machinery noise.

 

 

5th Hole (left-hand side from beyond the road to the 6th green)

There will be some thinning of the woodland combined with bracken removal in the pre-existing open glades. This work will also open up the view to the South Downs from the 5th green. Another added benefit will be the reinstatement of the old tee directly to the left of the ladies 6th tee.

 





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