The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for December 2016

It has been a stunning autumn in Hagg Wood. The leaves remained on the trees as late as mid November which is relatively unusual in this part of the country. On the bright sunny autumn days  it was a joy to see the variety of colours in the wood, vivid reds, yellows and orange/browns.


We must not however  take our woodland areas for granted. We need to manage and monitor our woodland areas as much as possible with the help of the Forestry Commission.  A recent study at Exeter University has made it clear that ash dieback  has the potential to spread more rapidly than first assumed. The FOHW are doing their utmost to ensure that our community wood is protected as much as possible. In recent months we have been working hard in the bluebell areas to remove the brambles that are spreading very rapidly. The Trust for Conservation Volunteers have also been involved in this challenging work.

The committee are busy planning a range of events for 2017. In addition to the regular working parties we also have special events with a clear focus and an opportunity to  get together with people who are concerned about our environment. It is also a way of meeting new people and enjoying each other’s company. On April 8th we are planning a visit to the Drax nature reserve and power station – more details to follow. In the spring time we will also be having a cycle ride to Ellerton Church.  Details of other  events will be published in the next month or two.

The next working parties will be on December 3rd and January 7th.   All are very welcome to join us even if it is only for an  hour or two. We can guarantee a good time – especially if you like fresh air, coffee/cakes and of course good company! Please meet at the end of Intake Lane at 10 am. Alternatively, find us in the wood – a notice will be pinned on the information board showing where we will be working/chattering.



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