Conservation Work Party – Saturday 21st October 2017

Our next work party is on Saturday 21 October 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. If you wish to come later check the “Welcome to Hagg Wood” notice board at the entrance to the wood, where a note will indicate where we are working in the wood. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies. All the necessary tools are provided.

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Visit to Howsham Mill – Saturday 14th October 2017

Howsham Mill is an 18th Century watermill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Malton. It was designed by John Carr of York as an architecturally unique Gothic-style garden folly.  It has more recently been restored as an education centre and as a generator of renewable water-powered energy. We will meet outside the Children’s Play area on Intake Lane at 10.00am for a cycle ride to Howsham Mill led by John Eastwood. Alternatively, directions for travel by car for visiting Howsham Mill, which is 9 miles north-east of York and 3 miles from the A64, can be found  on  http://www.howshammill.org.uk/visit.

We will aim to meet together at the Howsham Mill car park at 11.30am for a guided tour of the Mill. Please bring a packed lunch. We hope to call in at the Balloon Tree cafe at Gate Helmsley for tea on our return journey back to Dunnington.

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for October 2017

By mid September the light has changed the berries are on the trees and the leaves are beginning to turn. The  FOHW committee have been busy, planning visits, working parties and evening talks on wildlife etc.

The Forestry Commission have recently installed a replacement bench as a result of a generous donation from Mrs Pam Frankland. The original bench was provided in memory of Ron Bielby who worked in the wood for many years.   Mrs Frankland’s family knew Ron very well. The new location in the hard area  at the end of the stone track is more accessible for those wanting a shorter walk. The position of the bench will enable visitors to enjoy a quiet rest in the peaceful surroundings of the wood. Please remember, though, that cyclists and horse-riders should not use the north-south footpath from Hagg Lane into the southern end of the wood, as it is only a public footpath , and not a bridleway.

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Some Important Dates

14th October – Cycle ride to Howsham Mill near Malton.  The mill has been restored in recent years and it is a generator of renewable water-powered energy. Meet at 10am by the play area on Intake Lane. If  travelling by car meet at Howsham Mill car park at 11.00am. A guided tour has been organised. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea at the Balloon Tree on the way back.

22 November – illustrated talk on the Hazel Dormouse in the Reading room at 8pm. Free to members – £1.50 for non members.

Working Parties – 21st October, 25th November, 9 December.  All are welcome – meet at the end of Intake lane at 10.00am.

 

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 30th September 2017

Our next work party is on Saturday 30th September 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. If you wish to come later check the “Welcome to Hagg Wood” notice board at the entrance to the wood, where a note will indicate where we are working in the wood. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies. All the necessary tools are provided.

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Fungal Foray – Friday 29th September 2017

Today you have the opportunity to explore Hagg Wood for the many kinds of fungi which typically emerge in the undergrowth of the wood at this time of year.  We will be guided around the wood by Malcolm Greaves, an enthusiastic amateur mycologist and Recorder of the Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group. The many varieties and shapes of the mushrooms and other fungi to be found in the wood add to the Autumnal colours of the wood, though typically should definitely not be eaten as they may well also be poisonous.

We will meet at 5.00pm at the main Notice Board in the wood near the Intake Lane entrance.

As parking space is limited, if you are coming by car it is best to find an appropriate parking space along Intake Lane before it becomes a single track.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for exploring the undergrowth in the wood, where brambles do grow!  The event is free to members of FHW but there will be a charge of £5 for non-members.

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for September 2017

Life is so wonderfully diverse.  We had another great work party in the wood on Saturday 5th August; fun and laughter whilst digging out the brambles by their roots, from the bluebell area.  You know how one’s garden grows in this changeable weather, well the wood seems to grow even faster and wilder so we’d appreciate even more ‘hands to the pump’ if you feel like joining us one day. Every year the bluebell area seems to expand and the work is hugely satisfying.

In the spring the group cycled to visit churches at Aughton and Ellerton and several members went back to attend a 10th Anniversary Concert by Cantabile, in the church at Ellerton.  It was a magnificent programme with classical music spanning four centuries.  The Ellerton Church Preservation Trust is holding a Heritage Open Day on Sunday 10th September, which promises to be an interesting day, celebrating the history of the Priory.

This autumn we’re organizing another Fungal Foray, led by expert Malcolm Greaves, on  Friday September 29th, meeting at 5.00pm at the far end of Intake Lane, free to Members, £5 if not, just to keep the numbers under control as we had nearly a hundred people one year.

Also on the horizon is a cycle ride to Howsham Mill on Saturday October 14th, meeting at the Adventure Park at 10.00am.  We’re taking a packed lunch but stopping for refreshments at the Balloon Tree on the return journey.  Our autumn lecture in the Reading Room on Wednesday November 22nd will be by Dr Geoff Oxford on “The Hazel Dormouse – a Yorkshire Perspective”.  Isn’t that an attractive title?  Geoff is a keen member of the Yorkshire Mammal Society and I am sure the talk will be very enlightening – everyone is invited to attend.

Future Working Party dates are September 30th, October 21st, November 25th and  December 9th.  We meet at the end of Intake Lane at 10.00am and place a sticker on the noticeboard, at the entrance of the wood, to show the exact location of the morning’s activities.

 

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 5th August 2017

Our next work party is on Saturday 5th August 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. If you wish to come later check the “Welcome to Hagg Wood” notice board at the entrance to the wood, where a note will indicate where we are working in the wood. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies. All the necessary tools are provided.

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Conservation Work Party – Saturday 8th July 2017

Our next work party is on Saturday 8th July 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. If you wish to come later check the “Welcome to Hagg Wood” notice board at the entrance to the wood, where a note will indicate where we are working in the wood. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies. All the necessary tools are provided.

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The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for July 2017

Although the beautiful display by the wood anemones and bluebells is over for this year, there is still lots to enjoy in the wood. The foxgloves are now looking good, especially in the glade area along Crater Track. There are many other species of flowers to be seen including yellow flag iris, ragged robin, yellow rattle and red campion.

On Wednesday 24th May, following our AGM, Maria Gill gave us a fascinating talk on the history and work of St Nicholas Fields Nature reserve, which is just a mile from York city centre. Its 24 acres, which were formerly a landfill site, now support a wide range of habitats for wildlife. The local community and especially the children, are encouraged to participate in the many activities that are organised by the staff and volunteers and thereby gaining a greater respect for the area.

On Saturday 3rd June, a bright sunny day, 8 of our members enjoyed a cycle ride to both Aughton church and nearby Ellerton Priory church.  The cyclists were given a very informative talk on the history of Ellerton Church by Ann Sotheran, which was especially enjoyed by 2 of the cyclists, Margaret and John Eastwood who were married in this church in 1969.

Our next work parties are on 8th July and 5th August, from 10am – 1 pm and we will be pleased to see any new volunteers, even for just an hour. Meet at the top of Intake Lane or find us in the wood. Details of where we are working will be on the notice board at the entrance to the wood.