Golf club to plant 100 oak trees to celebrate centenary
- Credit: IAN BURT
A west Norfolk golf club is planning to plant 100 oak trees as part of its centenary celebrations.
Swaffham Golf Club is getting ready to celebrate its centenary in 2022 and is currently working on a number of initiatives that would benefit and involve both members and the wider community.
One initiative is the creation of a “Centenary Wood” consisting of 100 oak trees, one for each year of its existence.
Over 250 acorns have been collected, many having already germinated with their radicles - the start of the main root - already prominent, and the club is now waiting for nature to perform its miracle.
Stuart Palmer, greens chairman and project manager said: “The golf club takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and we are immensely privileged to play our sport in such wonderful surroundings.
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“Our greenkeeping staff and members are acutely aware that we are only custodians of this land and we want to make sure it is fit for purpose for generations to come.
“Whilst presently a home for the trees has yet to be found, we will be contacting our landlords and other local landowners who may interested in supporting this important environmental project.”
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The oak tree initiative is but one of a number of environmental projects being considered by the club.
The team are working with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on the protection of the two county wildlife sites located on the course.
Additionally, there are also plans to create a “Countryfile” type 2023 calendar which will go on sale in the Autumn of 2022.
Linda Holland, centenary committee chair said: “The committee plans to share our centenary celebrations with the local community by inviting adults and schoolchildren, as well as our members, to design a new centenary club logo, holding a history exhibition and hosting an open afternoon for families.
“Of course, there will be many opportunities to play golf with monthly events for members and visitors plus a pro-am tournament in the autumn of 2022.”
Anyone interested in the oak tree initiative is asked to register their interest by email to club manager, Rachel, on firstname.lastname@example.org