Rotten trees to be cut down
Trees on a golf course that are nearly a century old are to be
cut down after an inspection revealed they were rotten.
Five poplars separating the 18th green from the putting practice
area at Sheerness Golf Club, off Power Station Road, and one to the
back of the 16th green will be removed on Monday.
The decision was made after one fell in strong winds at the end
of September, which prompted a report on the condition of the
First planted around 1920, the trees have a life span of around
90-100 years. They have offered a point for players on the 18th
hole to aim at and have been used for photographs at trophy
presentations and functions.
Manager Alex Tindall said: “It will be sad to see them go but it
is just one of those things. They have a life span and it is coming
to the end of it.”
Assistant head green keeper, Richard Thaxter, who has worked at
the club for 26 years, has planted around 2,500 trees since 2001,
including more than 2,000 trees in January 2007.
Since then only around 100 were lost due to the open, marshy
conditions. The Forestry Commission suggest that a realistic loss
should be around 50%.
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