Design & Implementation of the Ecology Island
We are passionate here at Feldon Valley about looking after our natural habitats. After our new greenkeeping shed was built in early 2017, we were able to say goodbye to the eyesore that was the old greenkeeping compound; and we don’t think the greenkeepers will miss it!
This was the first step in our plan for creating an “Ecology Island” a natural space that enhanced and sat comfortably with the surrounding land. The decision was made to create an attractive, natural habitat for our wildlife, and to have a planted area that golfers and diners in our restaurant and bar can see when they look out to the golf course and beyond.
We met with many different landscape gardening companies but were blown away by the pure keenness and willingness of Rainbow Garden services , in particular, Nick & Claire, who wanted to make our plans in to a visual reality.
The ecology island will feature beautiful wildflower meadows to attract insects and butterflies, bumble bees and all little creatures. We will have various fruit trees and orchards, along with a working kitchen garden, which will provide our chefs with fresh, seasonal produce throughout the months. There will importantly also be a “turf nursery” where the greenkeepers can grow their own fine turf, for use when patching or replacing greens turf.
Bees will also feature, with the addition of working hives providing they ‘take’ to the area in question, and an Owl box will also take pride of place on the island. A bridge will link the island to the golf course, and will allow a beautiful walk through to the driving range.
All that is left is a few ducks and chickens, but we will leave this decision until later!
I hope you enjoy watching the transformation as much as we do.
1st May 2017
Flying the drone to capture the old greenkeeping compound before work starts on the area. To see a description of the buildings, click here
31st May 2017
Clearing the area now the greenkeepers are in their new home.
A last picture of the compound fencing from the golf course.
The old buildings have been removed and the compound is now being used to store soil from the hotel site. A lot of soil….
11th September 2017
And even more soil…
17th Jan 2018
It was hard to imagine the soil would ever make way for a large, open space, but it happened. The ugly compound fencing has gone, and work starts to flatten the ground to make good for the landscape team to commence. Some trees have been lopped as they were diseased, which brightens what was a very dark and woody area.
2nd Feb 2018
The area has now been levelled but owing to the recent onslaught of rain, we are just waiting for a dry spell to help the soil dry out in order for weed control to begin.