The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for March 2020

The first signs that Spring is on the way in Hagg Wood are to be seen now, with a good display of snowdrops close to the notice board at the start of the Stone Road together with the pollen-filled catkins swinging in the breeze, hanging from the hazel trees. The green shoots of bluebell leaves are breaking through, promising a good display of flowers in April and May. The birds are starting to sing in the hope of attracting a mate and establishing a territory within the wood.

There is so much to enjoy in Hagg Wood. It therefore remains very important that convenient public access to our Community Woodland along the path from Intake Lane is restored as soon as possible.  The current proposals by the City of York Council for public footpath recognition would ensure such public access, so long as the whole process is not delayed considerably by objections to these very welcome proposals.

26 members enjoyed the traditional New Year lunch at the Sports Club on 12th January with about a dozen hardy people participating in a pre-lunch woodland walk beforehand. The morning began quite wet but soon brightened out.

Our woodland walk before our New Year Lunch

On Wednesday 25th March we have been invited to join the Dunnington Conservation Group for the annual display of photographs and talk by Terry Weston on his travels and enjoyment of the wildlife both local and distant, in the previous year. This is always a popular event and will take place in the Reading Room at 7.30pm.

On the afternoon of Saturday 18th April, we are organising a boat trip along the Pocklington Canal between Melbourne and Gardham Lock. There is an option to join some of the group for a meal at the St Vincent Arms at Sutton on Derwent afterwards. If you would like to join us for the boat trip or meal, please let David know on as soon as possible. The cost of the boat trip will be £11 per head.

Our next working parties are scheduled for Thursday 19th March and Thursday 16th April. We meet by the children’s play park at 9.45am and share cars to drive up to Cottage Plantation in Hagg Lane, where we are met by a member of Forestry Commission who will be joining us in our work. All volunteers will be very welcome, we normally work until 1.00pm with a coffee and cake break midway.

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