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.
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.
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 FridaySeptember 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.
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.
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.
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.
On a lovely sunny day, eight members enjoyed a cycle ride out to visit Ellerton Church via Elvington, Sutton upon Derwent, Storwood and East Cottingwith.
After lunch we made an extended ride to visit All Saints Church in Aughton. The church is reached through a gate at the west end of the village then via a track that goes between the moated site of the Askes’ manor house and the earthworks of a motte-and-bailey castle.
Moving on to St Mary Church at Ellerton where we were met by Ann Sotheran (Treasurer of the Ellerton Church Preservation Trust)
The church stands at the west end of the village overlooking the Derwent Ings. An early work of the celebrated Victorian architect J. L. Pearson. Built in 1846-8 it replaced a remnant of the church of a Gilbertine priory. Redundant but cared for since 1995 by the Ellerton Church Preservation Trust.
The ride to Ellerton Church was of particular relevance to two of our members – John and Margaret Eastwood. They were married here in 1969.
A couple of forthcoming events to be held in Ellerton Church
Many thanks to Alan Briers and John Eastwood for organising and leading the ride of 27 miles. Also a special thanks to Andy and Lynne Hunter (Margaret’s brother and sister in law) for their hospitality on our lunch stop and to Ann Sotheranfor her very interesting insight into Ellerton Church.
Our next work party is on Saturday 10th June 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.
It has been hugely encouraging for all the members who have put in so much effort over the years to see how beautiful the wood has looked this Spring. During a walk in the wood in early May I counted seventeen species of bird and I particularly enjoyed the singing of the returning migrants, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.
We are striving to improve the biodiversity even further by establishing “Glades”, which are aimed at providing areas which will benefit pollinating insects and butterflies. However, some of our efforts have not been well received by every user of the wood. We have tried to establish the Crater ponds as wildlife areas, but obviously some prefer to use them as a play area for their dogs, making it almost impossible for aquatic life to flourish.
Our next event is:- Saturday 3rd June – Cycle Ride to Ellerton Church. Meeting at 11.00a.m. at the play area on Intake Lane the ride will take in the quiet lanes beyond Elvington. This interesting church will be open to explore at 2.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Our next Woodland Working parties will be held on Saturdays the 10th June, 8th July and 5th August. 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 1.00pm. You will be made very welcome even if you only stay for an hour or two.