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.

 

 

22 thoughts on “Keep Hagg Wood Access Path Open

  1. I use this path every day as part of my running training. Not having the path open causes considerable inconvenience.
    It also increases foot fall on other less established paths which are suffering the consequences.

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    1. Many thanks for providing us with your comments which will be useful in our campaign to have the path from Intake Lane into Hagg Wood freely open again.

      We are currently reviewing the situation with the Forestry Commission and City of York Council. As soon as we are able to clarify the position on access we will publish the information on our web site.

      Please do ask your friends and anyone else you know who has also used the path to contact us through our contact page, or if they do not have internet access to send this information to us via FHW, 5 Church Lane, Dunnington, YO19 5NG.

      Tony Hudson
      FHW Committee Member

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  2. I am a regular walker through Hagg Wood, and will be devastated if my walk is terminated through the wood, I thoroughly enjoy the peace and tranquility the wood brings to me

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    1. Many thanks for providing us with your comments which will be useful in our campaign to have the path from Intake Lane into Hagg Wood freely open again.

      We are currently reviewing the situation with the Forestry Commission and City of York Council. As soon as we are able to clarify the position on access we will publish the information on our web site.

      Please do ask your friends and anyone else you know who has also used the path to contact us through our contact page, or if they do not have internet access to send this information to us via FHW, 5 Church Lane, Dunnington, YO19 5NG.

      Tony Hudson
      FHW Committee Member

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    2. For years myself and my family have used this path to access the beauty of the wood. Hagg wood is such a massive part of our community. That side of the wood is where children carry out many different outdoor activities with various village organisations. Without access via this path they wouldn’t be able to carry out such activities within the timescales they have because it would take too long to walk round to the other entrance and back through the wood to the clearing. Also over the years village children have been encouraged to take part in projects to plant trees and hedges on the boundary of the woods just on the right hand side of the end of the closed path. This was to enhance the beauty of the woods for future generations. It’s unlikely anyone will ever see these trees now as they are at the farthest point from the far entrance. In an age where we are being constantly reminded to take more exercise, go for a walk, and encourage our children to play outdoors it seems such a shame to deny us easy access to such a village asset.

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  3. This foot path has been used for as long as I can remember – certainly when I was a child we used this route (am 45) so at least 35 years ago – hoping it gets reopened

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      1. The footpath is used by the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and the lack of access will mean that we can’t enjoy activities in the woods.

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  4. Hagg Wood is a valuable amenity for Dunnington. My family often visit there for the peace and tranquility of nature. The path that has been closed is the main thoroughfare to Hagg Wood. The wood has been mentioned in Britain in Bloom and in local walks. Please maintain this main access to our community resource. Thank you.

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  5. I think you should await the outcome of the council process before putting this additional pressure on the new owners of the land who are only doing what lawyers have told them to do on the basis of insurance concerns, something I know FOHW should sympathise with. The owners have already been subject to vandalism and abuse.

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  6. I have frequently used this track into Hagg Wood for walks and runs. It is also the easiest access point to the wood for anyone with mobility issues.

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  7. Having been born and lived in Dunnington and played in Hagg wood many times I can tell you that this route was never a public access. The entrance to the wood is beyond this field through the farmyard which belonged to Jim Burnison and along that path to a field entering the wood on the right hand side. This was a footpath and not vehicular access.

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  8. I’m a regular user (or was) of this route. I consider the wood a local treasure and an amenity that should be readily accessible for all. I witness a broad spectrum of people using the path & woods … families, hikers, athletes etc. I’ve never witnessed anything that could be deemed as negative or destructive behaviour. In 2016 I experienced major heart issues & the wood, and easy access to it, was a major part of my recovery. I’d love to know the reasons behind the blocking of the path …. I can’t think of any legitimate one’s other than mean spirited selfishness.

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  9. My family have used Hagg Wood since moving to Dunnington in 1989. It is a beautiful area for so many reasons. I have used it regularly for the last 30 years for enjoying a strole, walking my dogs and family fun and education. It is a fine place for exercise and learning. The wood is used by the local community. It is the only vehicular access for emergency services and for forestry vehicles. I do understand the insurance issue but feel this issue should be able to be resolved quickly as this way into this ‘Community’ wood has been used for well over 30 years. For me to be able to walk into this wood by another access would be impossible due to mobility problems and I feel strongly that I, for the time being, have lost a valuable asset in my life.

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