Month: March 2019

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 30th March 2019

Our next work party is on Saturday 30th March and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers.  We meet at 10.00am at the Welcome to Hagg Wood information board at the entrance to the wood.  We work until 1.00pm with a break midway.


We will be working with hand tools to cut down rhododendrons to the south side of the Stone Road to create more space for bluebells and eventually have the area open through to the present bluebell area.   All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for April 2019

It was very pleasing to see in February a good show of snowdrops near the Intake Lane entrance to Hagg Wood and also the catkins, heavy with pollen on the hazel trees throughout the wood. We can now look forward to the beautiful wood anemones which precede the bluebells. There is always something new to lookout for when visiting Hagg Wood.

We had a very good turnout of 11 enthusiastic volunteers for our February work party, when we were busy removing rhododendrons from an area which borders the Stone Road. This allows the nearby bluebells to spread and flourish here. Where we had done this in previous work parties, it was very satisfying to see the first green shoots of bluebells already breaking through the ground, even in February.

Volunteers removing rhododendrons at our February work party

We had a very interesting talk in February from Keith Gittens, an expert on Yorkshire’s dragonflies. Hopefully we will be able to identify one or two, hovering near the pond and craters this summer.

On Saturday 27th April there will be a cycle ride to Beningborough Hall, departing from opposite the Children’s Play Area at 10 am. It will be a ride of a total of 32miles with a lunch stop at Beningborough Hall café.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or carer and of course everyone rides at their own risk.

Our next work parties will be on 13th April and 11th May. Meet at the notice board at the entrance to Hagg Wood at 10.00am. Any new volunteers will be very welcome to join us for some or all of the morning.