The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for November 2020

Mid-October saw a sad day for the people of Dunnington and the surrounding area, namely the first anniversary of the locking of the gates at the main entrance into Hagg Wood, by the new landowners of the adjacent fields through which the forestry track, which has been used for decades, passes.

The two alternative entrances are approximately one mile away from the village and involve walking over rough tracks. For the elderly, the disabled, young children and parents with children in pushchairs, this has meant that Hagg Wood has been inaccessible to them for the last twelve months. It has also meant if anything more cars parked at the end of Intake Lane, as many people feel the need to drive part way in order to reduce their resultant longer walk to get into the Wood.

This last year has been a particularly difficult year for most people due to Covid and the benefits of being able to spend time in a local wood, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of Nature would have had so many benefits to people’s physical and mental health.

For the fortunate few who have been able to walk the extra distance there is so much to see at the moment with a wide variety of fungi in most areas of Hagg Wood.

The Autumn colours on the broadleaf trees are a pleasure to observe. The banks of the ditches, which have recently been cleared by the contractors, are starting to green up again. Nature wastes little time reclaiming bare earth.

Details of how to access Hagg Wood, albeit now further afield, can be found by using this link here.

If you have not already been in touch with us about the disruptive path blockage from Intake Lane, please do get in touch via our website or by writing to FHW, 5 Church Lane, Dunnington, YO19 5PT. However, even if you have contacted us in this way, you still need to fill in a User Evidence form that we can present to the Planning Inspectorate to assist our public footpath claim so please email for a form so that you can play your full part in achieving a successful outcome to the forthcoming Public Inquiry.

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