The bluebells may have finished flowering for this year in Hagg Wood, but we can now enjoy beautiful displays of pink, purple and white foxgloves. These tall elegant flowers seem to do especially well in the year following disturbance of the soil which took place when Forestry Commission’s contractors were working in the wood doing some drainage improvements. Following this our work party volunteers spent some time removing dead rhododendron branches which disturbed the ground further. The foxgloves are most abundant in the north eastern section of the wood, reached by the track known as Styron Way which leads to views of Scoreby.
Our AGM in June was well attended and we all enjoyed a very interesting talk on Langdale Forest on the North York Moors by Brian Walker who worked for the Forestry Commission for many years.
On a more serious note we have had reports of fires being lit in Hagg Wood. This could lead to severe devastation if the fire was to spread. We were reminded of this with the dreadful fires on Ilkley Moor and Marsden Moor earlier this year. If you think your children or grandchildren could be tempted to have a campfire in the wood, please remind them that this is forbidden by Forestry Commission and could have serious consequences.
The other problem we have is dog waste being left in plastic bags along the path edges in the wood. There is a bin at the top of Intake Lane so please be a responsible dog owner. The majority of dog owners are very conscientious about this, but it only takes one or two thoughtless people to spoil our magnificent wood for everyone else.
Our next work party is on Saturday 13th July from 10 am – 1pm. New volunteers are always very welcome even if they can only stay a short time. We meet at the notice board at the entrance to the wood from Intake Lane.