Loch Lomond Golf Course
Working with Tom Weiskopf and the SNH, then called
the Nature Conservancy Council, Astell Associates carried out woodland
surveys, environmental assessments, visual assessments and liaised
with the design team and Planing Department to produce a route for
the18 hole golf course, driving practise range and access driveways.
The proposed golf course had three SSSIs associated
with it. The deer park had ancient Oak, Horse Chestnut and Scots
Pine, with lichen and moss association on their trunks, and was
the larger of the SSSIs. The Ann Burn and River Fruin had the unique
Loch Lomond Dock growing at their convergence with Loch Lomond was
an area of Willow and Alder Carr with associated wetland flora.
Astell Associates carried out vegetation surveys and
woodland surveys, and these were used to plan the position of tees
and greens and the orientation of the different fairways.
The result is a golf course that has retained the
natural history of the area, surrounded by veteran trees and ancient
woodlands whicha re still mainly untouched. Management proposals
have retained and enhanced the biodiversity of the area, whilst
incorporating the the golf course and its greens and faiarways,
with little prolonged environmental damage.
Environmental restoration and remediation was needed
in some areas, with species being relocated where necessary.