Month: November 2017

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for December 2017

Eight members of Friends of Hagg Wood enjoyed a cycle ride to the beautiful 18th century watermill at Howsham, near Malton on a sunny day in October. There they were met by Bruce who gave them a very informative guided tour of the mill, detailing its history and its current use.



It was designed by John Carr of York as a Gothic style folly, but in recent years has been restored as an education centre and as a means of generating water powered energy using  an Archimedes screw and water from the River Derwent.  A refreshment stop at the Balloon Tree was very welcome on the return journey.

We had a very productive work party in October with one team working in the Bluebell area, clearing brambles and a second team raking up the grass and brash from either side of the stone track, where the Forestry Commission contractors had recently been cutting back the high vegetation. If the cut vegetation is not removed, the soil becomes too rich for wild flowers to thrive.  Our next work party is on 9th December, where we will be very pleased to see any new volunteers.  We normally work from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm but any amount of help will be very welcome.

Forestry Commission contractors have recently been in the north-eastern section of the wood clearing rhododendrons. This is in preparation for the work to improve drainage in this area, especially around the public footpath which is known as Styron Way.

We will be having our traditional New Year Lunch on Sunday 7th January 2018 at the Dunnington Sports Club. To book your place there please contact Michael on York 489013 or on by 20th December. He will let you have the menu options or they can be found on our website

Friends of Hagg Wood send Christmas Greetings to all our members and  also to everyone who is fortunate enough to be able to walk through and enjoy the pleasure that Hagg Wood brings throughout all the seasons of the year.

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 25th November 2017

Our next work party is on Saturday 25 November and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers. We meet at 10.00 am at the top of Intake Lane and work until 1.00 pm with a break midway. If you wish to come later check the “Welcome to Hagg Wood” notice board at the entrance to the wood, where a note will indicate where we are working in the wood. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies. All the necessary tools are provided.


The Hazel Dormouse – A Yorkshire Perspective – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Dr Geoff Oxford, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of York, and a leading member of the Yorkshire Mammal Group, will be giving us a fascinating illustrated presentation into the life of this attractive tiny mammal.


The hazel (or common) dormouse lives in deciduous woodland, hedgerows and dense scrub, but is rarely seen in the wild, partly because it is nocturnal, but also because it is now less common than its alternative name suggests.

Meet at Dunnington Reading Room at 8.00pm.

Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.