Bobby have recently undertaken extensive works to the River Wey, which flows through three hole of The Wisley G.C..
Years of erosion had taken its toll leaving vertical banks, two to three metres high.
Not only unsightly but a Health & Safety issue for both golfers and green staff.
Our remit regarding close to 1 kilometre of the water course was to rectify the safety issues and aesthetically enhance the golf holes. Install erosion control protection and introduce indigenous water plants. Keeping within the budget, adhering to stringent H&S rules and following the strict guidelines issued by the Environment Agency.
Firstly the banks were laid back and informally shaped creating angles of between 20 and 25 degrees.
Local stone was strategically placed in areas identified by the fisheries officer to enhance the spawning of fish in this, at times fast flowing river.
Coir rolls containing well established plants were installed ensuring two thirds being submerged below mean water level.
A shelf was then formed at water level and coir pallets, again with mature varieties of indigenous plants were carefully placed.
Both the rolls and pallets were staked and tied as a temporary measure preventing movement until the plants have time to establish a robust root system.
Topsoil was then placed and finally graded before placing and pegging coir matting to the base of the banks.
Cultivation and preparation was then undertaken on the remaining area. The final stage was to hydroseed with a bent/fescue mix adding 10% rye to achieve some germination at this late stage in the year.
Work could not be undertaken until permission and consents were in place. Global Golf’s accelerated works program ensured completion in just three weeks.