Conservation Work Party – Saturday 25th August 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 25th August and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers. We meet at 10.00am at the Welcome to Hagg Wood information board at the entrance to the wood. We work until 1.00pm with a break midway.

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We will be working with hand tools in the Millennium area to cut back silver birches and move branches to construct a dead hedge along the perimeter.

All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

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New Information Board – 25 July 2018

A new information board was installed on 25 July at the corner of the Millennium Path where it meets the  Public Right of Way (Main Ride).

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Many thanks to FoHW  Treasurer Alan Worsley for overseeing the design and implementation work and to the Forestry Commission team in carrying out the installation of the lectern stand.

The funding for the information board was possible as a result of a bequest from the late Barbara Pyrah who was a founder member of Friends of Hagg Wood.

 

 

 

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for August 2018

During the late June/July heatwave an afternoon stroll in the dappled shade of the Hagg Wood paths was the perfect way to escape the heat. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were still singing in the trees, Speckled Wood butterflies danced along the tracks and the bomb crater was full of tadpoles. Although the main display of foxgloves was over there were still splashes of purple and white in the undergrowth. The paths were drier than I could remember and there was very little standing water in the wood. The ancient pond had nearly dried up, a sharp reminder to put some water out in the garden to help wildlife survive this drought.

Our Autumn programme is nearly finalised. There will be a cycle ride along the Millenium Cycle Track to Riccall, an October trip to Rodley Nature Reserve, our usual November talk and we have already set a date for New Year lunch. Please look out for our Autumn newsletter or visit the website for more details.

Our next Woodland Working parties will be held on Saturdays the 25th August, 29th September and 13th October. Meet at the wood end of Intake Lane at 10 a.m or just find us in the wood. Details will be posted on the notice board as you enter the wood. All equipment will be provided and we usually work through to 1 p.m. You will be made very welcome even if you only stay for an hour or two.

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 21st July 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 21st July and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers. We meet at 10.00am at the Welcome to Hagg Wood information board at the entrance to the wood. We work until 1.00pm with a break midway.

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We will be working along  Crater Track to clear bramble cuttings in the bomb crater and glade areas.

All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for July 2018

Most of the paths in Hagg Wood are dry at the moment so it is an excellent time to explore and enjoy the emerging displays of foxgloves. Foxgloves usually provide a good show after the soil has been disturbed in the previous year so where the Friends group have been working, especially in the recently created glade along Crater Track, a very colourful display of these flowers is to be seen. Unfortunately, the brambles are also thriving in this and many other areas of the wood, helped by the wet winter which was followed by very warm spells. Our last work party on 9th June was very productive with one group clearing brambles with brush cutters in the crater area and the other group checking and clearing around the young hedge saplings that were planted two or three years ago at the rear of the craters. They had been practically smothered by the surrounding vegetation.

After our AGM on 30th May, Dr Jean McKendree gave us a very interesting talk on her extensive research on the vegetation of the upland peat bogs and the effects of the burning of heather on the grouse moors chiefly in the Yorkshire Dales.

Our next work party was planned to take place on 21st July but because of holiday commitments this may need to be postponed.  If you were planning to join us then, do check nearer the date, with one of the committee or on our website http://www.fohw.org.uk

 

Cycle Ride to Burnby Hall, Pocklington – Sunday 17 June 2018

Meet at 11.00am outside the children’s play area in Intake Lane for our cycle ride to Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington, along a 26 mile cross-country round trip mainly along quite country roads.

We plan to have a picnic lunch at Burnby Hall at about 12.30pm, when you can meet us if you are coming by car, with light meals and refreshments also available at the Lilypad Café on site. We then have a chance to look round the magnificent displays of water lilies and other plants in the gardens, and to listen to the Swinton and District Excelsior Band from 2pm to 4pm. We plan to return home via a café tea stop in Stamford Bridge. Admission to the Gardens is £5 for Adults and £4.30 for Seniors, plus bring a packed lunch.

 

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 9th June 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 9th June and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers. We meet at 10.00am at the Welcome to Hagg Wood  information board at the entrance to the wood. We work until 1.00pm with a break midway.

We will be working in the bomb crater area on Crater Track to clear brambles and brash around planted trees and hedging.

All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for June 2018

Did we all get into the wood over the glorious sunny warm bank holiday weekend when the bluebells were a beautiful carpet of blue in the area near the ancient pond? They had been preceded by a carpet of white wood anemones with patches of yellow primroses among them. We are very grateful to the volunteers who clear the invasive brambles from that area so that we can enjoy the magnificent carpets of flowers. There are bluebells in many areas of the wood but more man power is needed on the work parties to clear the invasive plants so that the flowers are better seen.

The next large show of flowers that we should be able to enjoy will be the Foxgloves, of which there are many throughout the wood especially in the glades that have been recently opened.

The wood is rife with bird song; summer visitors such as Chiff Chaffs, Willow Warblers, and Black Caps competing for space and tunefulness with the resident Blackbirds, Robins, Dunnocks and Tits. Swallows are visible outside the wood and Buzzards are frequently seen and heard overhead. I saw a Shelduck paddling in a pool in a field just South of the wood recently. Any other interesting sightings?

Like other organisations, Friends of Hagg Wood are complying with the New Data Protection Legislation and “Consent to hold your personal Data” forms have been sent to people on the membership list. If you have not yet returned them to the Membership Secretary please do so as soon as possible. Annual subscription forms have also been sent out and should be returned to the membership secretary please.

There is a cycle ride planned for Saturday 17th June to Burnby Hall. Meet at 11am by the childrens’ play area on Intake Lane.

The next working parties are on Saturday 9th June and Saturday 21st July. Meet at 10 am at the wood end of Intake lane. Bring gloves and wear stout shoes or wellies

The Black Stuff & AGM -Wednesday 30th May 2018

After 25 years working in industry and on medical education, human communication and psychology as a cognitive scientist, Dr Jean McKendree changed her career goals by taking an MSc in Environmental Science at the University of York, and postgraduate study at Loughborough University, specialising in the vegetation of upland peat bogs. She is now an Executive Officer at the Non-Native Species Secretariat, working with the Animal and Plant Health Agency in York.  Her illustrated presentation, entitled “The Black Stuff – estimating burning on a grouse moor using recent carbon deposits”, draws on her research and will immediately follow our Annual General Meeting.

Meet at 8.00pm in the Dunnington Reading Room.

Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 26th May 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 26th May and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers. We meet at 10.00 am at the top of Intake Lane and work until 1.00 pm with a break midway.

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We will be working again in Styron Way in the east side of the wood. The task is to remove the remains of rhododendron and general brash following the recent clearance work by the Forestry Commission contractor, with the aim of allowing the area to return to its native floral.

All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.