Aspire to Golf - Family Golf Centre
Situated on a flood plain adjacent to the River Dee,
with special area status, the Family Golf Centre incorporates a
Driving Range and short game, putting and some golf holes.
The area is one of agricultural fields bordered by
woodland to the south and the River Dee to the North and West. Astell
Associates investigated the River Dee ecology (salmon and fresh
water mussels) and recorded the river bank vegetation. The woodland
was then surveyed and a ten year management proposed produced.
Astell Associates worked with a golf course design
company, Team Niblick, to produce an ecological landscape design
and management proposal. Liaison with Aberdeenshire South Planning
Department, and Aberdeenshire Environmental Planning Department
enabled a detailed design to be produced and implemented.
Knowledge of badgers and barn owls in the area added
important dimensions to the scheme, enabling construction procedures
to be implemented to protect these and other importand species.