Month: October 2019

Path Access Update to FHW Members – 31 October 2019

Dear Friend,

As you may well be aware, the path into Hagg Wood from Intake Lane, which has been used by Dunnington residents for many years, is now blocked and the access gate chained up to prevent local residents from using it. This is causing considerable inconvenience and loss of amenity to many users of our local wood. The Friends of Hagg Wood submitted Public Rights of Way claims on this path and another nearby path into Hagg Wood more than 20 years ago, but for reasons which we do not defend City of York Council have only recently announced their intention to process these claims in the coming months. Representatives from the City of York Council failed to respond positively to an invitation to attend a Ward meeting in Dunnington yesterday to explain the reasons for this delay.

However, we can increase the chances of the path from Intake Lane into Hagg Wood being fully recognised as a Public Right of Way if you continue to support us by sending in your name, and any other details you wish, using the attached form or via the link: https://haggwood.wordpress.com/contact to provide us with some information about your use of the path. This will help us organise a strong local petition and up to date Evidence of Use forms to submit to City of York Council to strengthen our existing claims to recognise this path as a Public Right of Way, which you can freely use to enjoy the wood once again. Please also encourage your friends and anyone else you know who has used this path to enjoy the wood to do the same. If you or they do not have email access, an alternative postal address to send it to is FHW 5 Church Lane, Dunnington, YO19 5PT.

We are actively exploring several ways forward in order to resolve this issue satisfactorily to keep this access path freely open on a permanent basis. If you help us as a volunteer on our working parties, we will also be in touch with you soon about these, since the path blockage is making access to the wood through this route impossible.

We will, of course, be continuing with our Autumn programme of other events. These include a presentation next Wednesday 6th November at 8pm in Dunnington Reading Room by Sergeant Stuart Grainger, of the North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Task Force, on the important subject of tackling wildlife crime. On Friday 8th November, we will make a visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum with its magnificent display of trees in their glorious Autumnal colours, meeting outside Dunnington Reading Room at 10am. So join us when you can!

With all good wishes
Dr David Mayston
Chairman, Friends of Hagg Wood
31st October 2019

Visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum Friday 8th November 2019

The Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard prides itself in being “a glorious 120 acre garden of trees from across the globe …a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds .. the backdrop for a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world”

This is a chance to explore this magnificent collection at a leisurely pace with the intention of seeing many of the trees in their glorious Autumn colours.

We will meet at Dunnington Reading Room at 10.00am to car share and drive to the Arboretum, where parking is free.

Admission to the Arboretum is £6.35 for adults (or £7 with a Gift Aid donation).

The Arboretum Café will be open for refreshments.

http://www.yorkshirearboretum.org/

Tackling Wildlife Crime – Wednesday 6th November 2019

Sergeant Stuart Grainger, Wildlife Crime Officer with the North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Task Force, will be giving us a presentation on bird of prey and other wildlife crime. The presentation will include recent cases and show how you can help, what to look out for, and how to report a suspected wildlife crime to police. Stuart has over 23 years’ experience with North Yorkshire Police.

Meet at 8pm in Dunnington Reading Room.

Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50.

Keep Hagg Wood Access Path Open

As you may know, the path into Hagg Wood from Intake Lane, which has been used by Dunnington residents for many years, is now being blocked and the access gate chained up to prevent local residents from using it. This is causing considerable inconvenience and loss of amenity to many users of our local wood. Are you unhappy about this?

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If so, please follow the link to our  Contact Us  page  to provide us with some information about your use of the path. This will help us organise a strong local petition and up to date Evidence of Use forms to submit to City of York Council to strengthen our existing claims to recognise this path as a Public Right of Way, which you can freely use to enjoy the wood once again.

The Friends of Hagg Wood submitted Public Rights of Way claims on this path and another nearby path into Hagg Wood more than 20 years ago, but for reasons which we do not defend City of York Council have only recently announced their intention to process these claims in the coming months. We can increase the chances of the path from Intake Lane into Hagg Wood being fully recognised as a Public Right of Way if you support us by sending in your name, and any other details you wish, via the above link. Please also encourage your friends and anyone else you know who has used this path to enjoy the wood to do the same. If they do not have email access, an alternative postal address to send it to is FHW 5 Church Lane, Dunnington, YO19 5PT.

Positive local action can then ensure that we do not permanently lose this valuable local amenity. Many thanks for your help.

 

 

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for November 2019

We have had two very productive work parties recently, cutting back brambles in the bluebell area of Hagg Wood, so hopefully next springtime we will be able to see an even better display of wood anemones and bluebells than we enjoyed this year. Now that the colours of the leaves are changing with the arrival of Autumn, it is an excellent reason to visit the wood.

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Break time on a recent work party

On 20th September a few of our members enjoyed a cycle ride to Selby Abbey, which is celebrating its 950th year, a total ride of about 35 miles, but with the help of a few café stops en-route.

On Wednesday 6th November Sergeant Stuart Grainger, Wildlife Crime Officer with the North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Task Force, will be giving us a talk in the Reading Room starting at 8pm, on tackling bird of prey and other wildlife crime. All welcome to this event, free to members, £1.50 for non- members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the talk.

On Friday 8th November Friends of Hagg Wood members are planning to visit the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard, where we hope to see the full beauty of the Autumn colours. We will be meeting outside the Reading Room at 10 am to arrange lifts and car sharing.

Our next work party is on Saturday 16th November. Everyone is welcome to join us for some rewarding work. We will probably be raking and removing the cut brash from the sides of the Stone Road and Main Ride as Forestry Commission’s contractors have recently been in the wood and cut back these areas.  Clearing the arisings is an important task as, if left to rot down, they can make the soil too rich.  This results in an abundance of brambles, thistles and dock rather than the smaller wild flowers, for example bird’s foot trefoil and vetch which make the wood so attractive. Please meet at the notice board at the entrance to Hagg Wood off Intake Lane at 10.00am.