Month: June 2020

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for July 2020

What a joy it can be to walk in Hagg Wood at this time of year and hear the birds singing. It was especially enjoyable one May morning, when a cuckoo could be heard calling persistently and very clearly, for at least fifteen minutes. In these uncertain times there is something very reassuring to know that a cuckoo has made his amazing journey from Africa, surviving the many hazards on route, to arrive in our local wood, with the intention of finding a mate and breeding.

Although the lovely display of bluebells has finished for this year, there is still a huge variety of other seasonal flowers in the wood, such as foxgloves, yellow rattle, meadowsweet, vetch and of course the yellow iris in the pond and crater areas

Unfortunately all our planned events for this summer have had to be cancelled because of the Covid 19 virus, but as soon as Forestry Commission say it is safe for our work parties to restart, with all the appropriate distancing and protection measures in place, we will let  our regular volunteers know.

Meanwhile our concerns continue over the persistent blockage to the main footpath into Hagg Wood from Intake Lane. Amongst other things, this is likely to have added to the parking problems at the end of Intake Lane, as more people think that they need to drive there to reduce the much longer walk they need to make to access the Wood. The blockage has also greatly inconvenienced many people, both young and old, fit and less able. Our public footpath claim for a permanent resolution of the blockage will be considered in the coming months by the Planning Inspectorate. Evidence of your own past use of the blocked footpath is a key part of this process. So, if you have not already done so, please get in touch with us via our website  or by writing to us at 5 Church Lane, Dunnington, YO19 5PT.


Is Hagg Wood Open ?

Yes it is.  However, while the Definitive Map Modification Order process is ongoing, the main Forestry Commission entrance to Hagg Wood from Intake lane will unfortunately remain closed. The current blockage has been in place since October 2019 when two new landowners took the action to the annoyance of the local community.


The blocked gates on the Forestry Track



It is still possible for you to gain access to Hagg Wood from the Route 66 Cycle Path and then turn right if you are coming from Dunnington at the open field and follow the edge of the wood until you reach the public footpath sign (at Arrow 1)

The other access point is via the Public Footpath entrance at Hagg Lane (at Arrow 2).


Entrance from Hagg Lane

You should still make sure that you observe the current Government regulations and guidance on social distancing during the current Covid 19 virus restrictions.

You can view a map of Hagg Wood at