Parley GC invests in native flowers

By Alistair June 3, 2019 10:08 Updated

Native flowers will soon be adding beauty around the course at Parley Golf Centre as seeds have been planted to encourage more wildlife.

The course was extended in 2017 and now it has bedded in, staff are adding some finishing touches. One of these is the scattering of Beebombs – pellets packed with wild flowers – that are created by hand on the Parley Court Estate where the centre is based.

The bombs contain 18 species of native wild flowers and require no gardening skills whatsoever to plant.

The Royal Horticultural Society has described the flowers chosen in the mix as ‘perfect pollinators’ and they will encourage bees.

Already a haven for wildlife, the centre, opposite Bournemouth Airport, is a specialist practice destination.

Daryl Dampney, manager of Parley Golf Centre, and Laura Wilkes of Beebombs

The £250,000 redevelopment saw the extension of the nine-hole course, creation of a short game practice area with a huge green and even two academy holes.

The driving range has been upgraded and more innovations are coming.

Manager Daryl Dampney said: “Beebombs are based here and have been going for around 18 months.

“It made perfect sense to use their seeds to encourage the growth of native wild flowers that will encourage bees and other wildlife.

“We have a huge variety of wild and farm animals on the estate and believe we have a responsibility to encourage diversity.

“It will also please golfers who do appreciate the beauty of the surroundings when they have a round.

“The new course has settled down extremely well, is playing superbly and we are looking forward to a busy summer.”

Beebombs can even be bought from the golf club for people to use in their gardens.


By Alistair June 3, 2019 10:08 Updated

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