It has been such a pleasure to walk in Hagg Wood during the long hot summer with all the paths dry and the trees offering some shade against the heat. There has been lots of flowers and butterflies to see as you wander along the paths and today a hare leaped out of the undergrowth just a few feet from where I was walking. This is of course one of the reasons to have dogs on leads or under close control when enjoying a walk in the wood.
The downside of the lovely dry summer is the risk of fire. There have been at least two cases of fires being lit and left in the wood by thoughtless people. Fortunately, in both cases the fires have been extinguished by the efforts of people living nearby. However, it should not be necessary to remind people that it is forbidden to light fires and barbecues in the wood.
We have been very fortunate to be able to purchase a second information board, thanks to a legacy left to Friends of Hagg Wood by one of its founder members, the late Barbara Pyrah. It is located at the top of the Stone Road, a few yards to the right of the seat. Forestry Commission kindly installed it for us, no small task! It should be of particular benefit to walkers entering the wood from the public footpath along the Main Ride.
Forestry Commission staff helping to install the new information sign
Our next work party is on Saturday 29th September from 10.00am until 1.00pm. New volunteers, prepared to work for even an hour will be made very welcome. Meet by the information board at the Intake Lane entrance to the wood.
We are also planning to have a cycle ride to Riccall on Saturday 22nd September (Note – this last date has changed from Sunday 23rd September) and a visit to Rodley Nature Reserve on Saturday 6th October. Further details will be found in our Autumn newsletter which will be emailed or distributed to members of Friends of Hagg Wood in early September.