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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th December. He will let you have the menu options or they can be found on our website www.fohw.org.uk
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.