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.


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