Thankfully the weather stayed dry and sunny to allow our anniversary party to be held in the natural setting of Hagg Wood. We had a really good turnout of around 70 local people to join our celebrations and make the day a great success. There was music and songs from the Dunnington Community Choir and Woodsmoke. This was also supplemented by refreshments of soft drinks and cakes. We were also joined by Frank Dobson and John Grogan, who both helped to save Hagg Wood from being sold off when they were MPs.
It all underlines how worthwhile our sustained efforts over the years have been in helping to keep Hagg Wood accessible to people and improving its natural environment.
To catch the mood of being in the wood the following poem was composed by Jeanette Parkinson:
In the middle of Hagg Wood
Here we sit as quiet as can be
I wonder what’s hiding behind that tree
I’m glad I’m with friends and it’s not just me – Here in the middle of Hagg Wood
There’s mud on the ground and some on my welly
And lots of that fungus that’s ever so smelly
But I’d rather be here than at home watching telly – ‘cause it’s fun in the middle of Hagg Wood
If I was a squirrel I would climb up high
To the top of that tree and reach the sky
But I’m only human so I’d better not try
Or I’ll be stuck in the middle of Hagg Wood