Following a safety assessment of the course, several trees need to be removed or cut back.
Trees between the 12th and 16th Fairways
There are 28 Manchester Poplars which are either dead or close to the end of their life and require immediate removal. These will be taken down as soon as possible with the logs neatly stacked until the ground conditions permit removal. The areas where the logs are stacked will be marked as GUR until cleared.
18 trees will be transplanted to replace those removed to keep the protection afforded by them to players on the 16th. This work will be carried out early in the New Year, weather permitting.
White Willow at the back-right of the 10th green
This tree has a lot of dead wood and squirrel damage to the crown. At over 60 foot tall with three large forked branches, it is unstable and in danger of falling in high winds. It also sheds dead material onto the 10th green in windy conditions. The tree will therefore be pollarded at 15 feet (Pollarding is a pruning system in which the upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches). This pollarding will occur before the start of the golf season, again the logs will be neatly stacked and marked as GUR until the ground conditions permit removal.
Trees alongside the M6
We were instructed by the Highways Agency to remove several trees after a risk assessment. This work must be completed before the start of the golf season. Stacked logs will be marked as GUR until removed.
The woods are, at present, over-crowded. This results in tall, weak trees which will die early because of a lack of strength and structure. Following the recommendation of experts, the plan will be to thin out / transplant trees in the thicker wooded areas over the next 5 or 6 years, leaving behind the most desirable species (oaks, ash, etc.).