Month: April 2018

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for May 2018

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it is good to enjoy the many delights that Hagg Wood has to offer. The wood anemones, mainly in the Bluebell area of the wood are putting on a fine show and there are numerous clumps of primroses to be seen, especially on the banks of ditches and around the ancient pond. There promises to be an excellent display of bluebells again this year, probably around the first 2 weeks in May will be when they are at their best, a little later than last year because of the adverse weather conditions. For those who are not familiar with Hagg Wood, the best area for bluebells is to be found by taking the right- hand track, about 50 yards from the main entrance.

The various paths in the wood have been quite wet this winter and spring because of the prolonged periods of rain, but with sensible footwear (i.e. pair of wellington boots) there is still a great deal of enjoyment to be had, not least to witness the gradual greening up of the trees and to hear the birds singing, loud and clear.

Our next event is on Wednesday 30th May in the Reading Room at 8pm. We will have our AGM first which is usually a very brief event (around 10 – 15 minutes) followed by an illustrated talk entitled “The Black Stuff” by Dr Jean McKendree. It deals with burning heather on grouse moors on which she has done extensive research. All are welcome to this event and refreshments will be available.

Our next working parties will be on the following dates, 26th May, and 6th June. As usual we will welcome any new volunteers to these. We usually work from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm but any time spent with us will be appreciated. Meet at the wood end of Intake Lane.

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Conservation Work Party – Saturday 21st April 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 21st April 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.

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We will be working in Styron Way in the east side of the wood.  The task is to remove the remains of rhododendron and general brash following the recent clearance work by the Forestry Commission contractor, with the aim of allowing the area to return to its native floral.

All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.