Month: May 2018

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for June 2018

Did we all get into the wood over the glorious sunny warm bank holiday weekend when the bluebells were a beautiful carpet of blue in the area near the ancient pond? They had been preceded by a carpet of white wood anemones with patches of yellow primroses among them. We are very grateful to the volunteers who clear the invasive brambles from that area so that we can enjoy the magnificent carpets of flowers. There are bluebells in many areas of the wood but more man power is needed on the work parties to clear the invasive plants so that the flowers are better seen.

The next large show of flowers that we should be able to enjoy will be the Foxgloves, of which there are many throughout the wood especially in the glades that have been recently opened.

The wood is rife with bird song; summer visitors such as Chiff Chaffs, Willow Warblers, and Black Caps competing for space and tunefulness with the resident Blackbirds, Robins, Dunnocks and Tits. Swallows are visible outside the wood and Buzzards are frequently seen and heard overhead. I saw a Shelduck paddling in a pool in a field just South of the wood recently. Any other interesting sightings?

Like other organisations, Friends of Hagg Wood are complying with the New Data Protection Legislation and “Consent to hold your personal Data” forms have been sent to people on the membership list. If you have not yet returned them to the Membership Secretary please do so as soon as possible. Annual subscription forms have also been sent out and should be returned to the membership secretary please.

There is a cycle ride planned for Saturday 17th June to Burnby Hall. Meet at 11am by the childrens’ play area on Intake Lane.

The next working parties are on Saturday 9th June and Saturday 21st July. Meet at 10 am at the wood end of Intake lane. Bring gloves and wear stout shoes or wellies

The Black Stuff & AGM -Wednesday 30th May 2018

After 25 years working in industry and on medical education, human communication and psychology as a cognitive scientist, Dr Jean McKendree changed her career goals by taking an MSc in Environmental Science at the University of York, and postgraduate study at Loughborough University, specialising in the vegetation of upland peat bogs. She is now an Executive Officer at the Non-Native Species Secretariat, working with the Animal and Plant Health Agency in York.  Her illustrated presentation, entitled “The Black Stuff – estimating burning on a grouse moor using recent carbon deposits”, draws on her research and will immediately follow our Annual General Meeting.

Meet at 8.00pm in the Dunnington Reading Room.

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

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 26th May 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 26th May 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.


We will be working again 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.