Month: May 2019

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for June 2019

In the warm dry Spring it has been wonderful to experience the beauty of Hagg Wood. The fantastic display of wildflowers rewarding our efforts to hold back the brambles and promote good growing conditions along the rides and ditch margins. Although the bluebells have been stunning this year I seem to have noticed more primroses than ever before. Birdsong also seems to be increasing with even more willow warblers, balckcaps and chiffchaffs.


The Forestry Commission and FHW have carried out work in the Millennium Area to reduce the birch trees and to “halo cut” around the young oaks we have planted. Oaks need lots of light to survive, they cannot regenerate in closed-canopy conditions. No species of native tree supports more life forms than an oak and it is amazing to think that the oaks we have planted may still be around in 900 years.

Our Autumn Programme is coming to together. We will have a talk by Stuart Grainger from the Rural Crime Squad on 6th November. He will speak on Raptor Persecution which continues to be a very controversial issue, especially on grouse moors. We also have plans for an excursion to the Castle Howard Arboretum and a cycle ride to Selby Abbey.

Our work parties will continue to battle with brambles and clear around many of the trees we have planted.

Woodland Working Parties    Conservation in Action    These will be held on the mornings of 22nd June and 13th July so do put these dates in your diary. Meet at 10am at the Hagg Farm end of Intake Lane.  Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.


Langdale Forest – a Case of Mistaken Identity, and AGM – Wednesday 29th May 2019

Brian Walker will be giving us the benefit of this experience in his presentation on the lessons to be learnt from seeking to manage Langdale Forest in the North York Moors National Park.  He has had over thirty years’ experience as the Wildlife Officer of the Forestry Commission in the North York Moors district.

His presentation will immediately follow our AGM.

Dunnington Reading Room at 8.00pm.

Members Free, Non-Members £1.50



Conservation Work Party – Saturday 11th May 2019

Our next work party is on Saturday 11th May 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.


There will be two teams working with hand tools to:

a.  clear brambles and brash around planted trees and check on their condition in the Jubilee area adjacent to the Stone Road.

b.  cut down self-seeded overhanging trees and shrubs in the Main Ride ditch opposite the Millennium area.

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