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Sustainability, Ecology and SSSI Status
York Golf Club has embraced the need to protect the local ecology and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and to ensure that sustainable course management practices are promoted throughout the Golf Course.
The course at York Golf Club is surrounded by a designated SSSI site, one of the most important sites in the UK and Europe - as recognised by conservation organisations – whose flora and fauna are well documented by academic experts. The specific local habitat is home to some very rare species of plants and insects so the balance between soils, water, vegetation, local habitat and golf course management is an important part of our consideration in day-to-day life.
The Club actively plays its part in maintaining local habitat status for the site to help ensure local biodiversity is maintained.
A number of course management practices constantly contribute to our balanced approach to deliver a sustainable course through careful habitat management, these include:
- A programme of restoring the Lowland Heath characteristics of the course has been developed and promoted through discussion with local and national experts
- The establishment in strategic areas of some 45,000 new heather plug plants grown from seed taken from the course
- New gorse bushes planted on to the course to enhance the lowland heath features
- Tree management schemes have been implemented to remove old diseased trees which have been replaced by newly planted species typical of the local habitat
- Dense undergrowth has been removed to encourage native plants and wildlife to flourish
- Indigenous grasses such as 100% fescues have been planted on to the course
- Bird Boxes of all shapes and sizes have been installed around our tree-lined course to encourage specific bird species found locally
- Logs from felled trees left in piles as “bug hotels” around the course to promote insect numbers
- Ponds created on the course to assist drainage and promote aquatic wildlife - a feature of the local SSSI
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