Over the Easter period the wood took on all the joys of the Spring season. The wood anemones have flourished in recent years and are now quite stunning. The bluebells have spread to many different areas of the wood as a result of the thinning of the wood and the ongoing work of the volunteers. Primroses, foxgloves and cherry blossom are also adding colour to the wood.
In early April, 18 members of the Friends of Hagg Wood had a fascinating day out to Drax power station and the Skylark nature reserve. The latter is managed by the power station and provides a huge area of woodland where plant and animal life is a priority. In the reserve one can find one hundred species of wildlife on land that previously was wasteland. The visit to the massive power station gave us all an insight into the use of biomass fuel which is shipped from USA on a regular basis.
Our AGM takes place on Wednesday 24th May at 8pm in the Reading Rooms. Following the AGM we will have a talk by Jonathan Dent who is the Manager of St Nicholas Field nature reserve in York. This consists of a site that covers 24 acres and is only one mile from the city centre and is located between an industrial zone and a housing estate. Admission is free for members and a £1.50 charge for non- members.
On Saturday June 3rd we will be having a cycle ride to Ellerton church down the quiet lanes beyond Elvington. Meet at 11am at the play area on Intake Lane. Please bring a packed lunch.
Working parties continue as usual on Saturday mornings and will take place on May 6th, June 10th, July 8th and August 5th. Please meet at the end of Intake Lane at 10am – if you wish to come later check the notice board for a note that will indicate where we are working in the wood.