Ufford Park continues to support the environment
Head Green Keeper Adrian Hollins has selected a specific area of the Ufford Park Golf Course to make a Flower Meadow.
’’Over the past few years we have encouraged wildlife to Ufford by improving the habitats around the course. Much more long rough has been grown and maintained which is feed for gatekeeper butterflies. We have put in various types of bird box and have planted Alder Buckthorn shrubs to encourage Brimstone butterflies. We also now have bee-hives on site so we thought the next step would be to produce a flower meadow with the correct flowers for bees and butterflies.
A suitable area has been chosen away from golfers and stray golf balls, of 1000 square yards. The area was rotivated and prepared by Swan's Nurseries, then seeded and rolled and watered. We will have to wait till next summer to see the results but hopefully this area will be a haven for Bees and Butterflies.’’ says Adrian.
Wild flowers are disappearing at record speed according to recent national tabloids, with some wild flowers becoming extinct – more than two species a year disappear from some areas according to the Charity ‘Plantlife’.
The species especially selected for the Ufford Park flower meadow is to attract more wildlife into the area, containing a good selection of nectar and pollen rich plants and annual species. The mix will be Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass, Corn Chamomile, Red & White Clover, Corn Marigold, Foxglove, Greater Knapweed, Lady’s-Bedstraw, Marjoram, Musk Mallow, Ox-Eye Daisy, Field Poppy, Devil’s-Bit Scabous, Field & Small Scabiuos, Kidney Vetch, Vipers Bugloss and Yarrow.
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