Keeping Our Greens Pristine
With 160 acres of course to take care of, The Mere requires a dedicated team of turf managers and gardening gurus to keep our grounds in tip top condition. So, we thought it was a good time to catch up with our Green Team to see exactly what goes into maintaining our championship estate…
In order to help local wildlife and native species flourish, we’ve been working hard to naturalise our landscape. Last month, we planted a variety of Blackthorn, Hawthorns and native hedgerow plants in our mission to restore our land to its former glory.
Since creating a number of wild flower meadows, including a meadow of Poppies to commemorate the British Service Men and Women from the First World War, The Mere has become home to kingfishers, sparrow hawks, kestrels, buzzards, grebes and Egyptian geese, along with a multitude of other more well-known species. Work is on-going to continue to develop their habitats. In Spring 2013, our 2nd tee area was lucky enough to become the home to a Silver Pheasant!
The lake at The Mere is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, thanks to a number of nationally rare aquatic plants living within it. We’re one of just two sites in Cheshire chosen by the Environment Agency, to be monitored for Aquatic Health on a monthly basis, so we ensure that our lake and banks are exceptionally well cared for.
The introduction of our new Mere Honeybees will keep our plentiful plants pollinated, our blooms blossoming, and produce Mere honey which will no doubt be used within a suitably sumptuous dish created by our Chefs!
Our very own Mere Orchard also ensures our dishes are as fresh as possible, with a bountiful supply of apples, damsons, redcurrants and blackcurrants, which not only taste delicious, but keep our local wildlife and ecosystem happy too.
Our 150 acre golf course played host to the R&A Open Qualifier for seventh consecutive years! So, we employ a team of course managers to ensure it’s perfect for play all year round.
All members of our golf team are encouraged to develop their skills to strengthen their own knowledge of course care and ground maintenance. So, if they want to learn, we’ll back them all the way! We also encourage plenty of work experience placements with horticulture students to learn all about what it takes to keep our estate pristine.
So, if you’re out and about enjoying our haven of natural beauty out in the Cheshire countryside, you’ll see there’s a lot more to maintaining our beauty than meets the eye!