Author: Friends of Hagg Wood

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 13th July 2019

Our next work party is on Saturday 13th 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 with hand tools to cut down rhododendrons to the south side of the Stone Road to create more space for bluebells and eventually have the area open through to the present bluebell area.   All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

 

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The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for July 2019

The bluebells may have finished flowering for this year in Hagg Wood, but we can now enjoy beautiful displays of pink, purple and white foxgloves. These tall elegant flowers seem to do especially well in the year following disturbance of the soil which took place when Forestry Commission’s contractors were working in the wood doing some drainage improvements. Following this our work party volunteers spent some time removing dead rhododendron branches which disturbed the ground further. The foxgloves are most abundant in the north eastern section of the wood, reached by the track known as Styron Way which leads to views of Scoreby.

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Our AGM in June was well attended and we all enjoyed a very interesting talk on Langdale Forest on the North York Moors by Brian Walker who worked for the Forestry Commission for many years.

On a more serious note we have had reports of fires being lit in Hagg Wood. This could lead to severe devastation if the fire was to spread. We were reminded of this with the dreadful fires on Ilkley Moor and Marsden Moor earlier this year. If you think your children or grandchildren could be tempted to have a campfire in the wood, please remind them that this is forbidden by Forestry Commission and could have serious consequences.

The other problem we have is dog waste being left in plastic bags along the path edges in the wood. There is a bin at the top of Intake Lane so please be a responsible dog owner. The majority of dog owners are very conscientious about this, but it only takes one or two thoughtless people to spoil our magnificent wood for everyone else.

Our next work party is on Saturday 13th July from 10 am – 1pm. New volunteers are always very welcome even if they can only stay a short time. We meet at the notice board at the entrance to the wood from Intake Lane.

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 22nd June 2019

Our next work party is on Saturday 22nd 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.

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We will be working with hand tools to clear brambles and brash around planted trees and check on their condition in the Jubilee area adjacent to the Stone Road.

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

 

 

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for June 2019

In the warm dry Spring it has been wonderful to experience the beauty of Hagg Wood. The fantastic display of wildflowers rewarding our efforts to hold back the brambles and promote good growing conditions along the rides and ditch margins. Although the bluebells have been stunning this year I seem to have noticed more primroses than ever before. Birdsong also seems to be increasing with even more willow warblers, balckcaps and chiffchaffs.

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The Forestry Commission and FHW have carried out work in the Millennium Area to reduce the birch trees and to “halo cut” around the young oaks we have planted. Oaks need lots of light to survive, they cannot regenerate in closed-canopy conditions. No species of native tree supports more life forms than an oak and it is amazing to think that the oaks we have planted may still be around in 900 years.

Our Autumn Programme is coming to together. We will have a talk by Stuart Grainger from the Rural Crime Squad on 6th November. He will speak on Raptor Persecution which continues to be a very controversial issue, especially on grouse moors. We also have plans for an excursion to the Castle Howard Arboretum and a cycle ride to Selby Abbey.

Our work parties will continue to battle with brambles and clear around many of the trees we have planted.

Woodland Working Parties    Conservation in Action    These will be held on the mornings of 22nd June and 13th July so do put these dates in your diary. Meet at 10am at the Hagg Farm end of Intake Lane.  Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

 

Langdale Forest – a Case of Mistaken Identity, and AGM – Wednesday 29th May 2019

Brian Walker will be giving us the benefit of this experience in his presentation on the lessons to be learnt from seeking to manage Langdale Forest in the North York Moors National Park.  He has had over thirty years’ experience as the Wildlife Officer of the Forestry Commission in the North York Moors district.

His presentation will immediately follow our AGM.

Dunnington Reading Room at 8.00pm.

Members Free, Non-Members £1.50

 

 

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 11th May 2019

Our next work party is on Saturday 11th May 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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There will be two teams working with hand tools to:

a.  clear brambles and brash around planted trees and check on their condition in the Jubilee area adjacent to the Stone Road.

b.  cut down self-seeded overhanging trees and shrubs in the Main Ride ditch opposite the Millennium area.

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

 

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 13th April 2019

Our next work party is on Saturday 13th April 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 to cut down rhododendrons to the south side of the Stone Road to create more space for bluebells and eventually have the area open through to the present bluebell area.   All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 30th March 2019

Our next work party is on Saturday 30th March 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 to cut down rhododendrons to the south side of the Stone Road to create more space for bluebells and eventually have the area open through to the present bluebell area.   All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for April 2019

It was very pleasing to see in February a good show of snowdrops near the Intake Lane entrance to Hagg Wood and also the catkins, heavy with pollen on the hazel trees throughout the wood. We can now look forward to the beautiful wood anemones which precede the bluebells. There is always something new to lookout for when visiting Hagg Wood.

We had a very good turnout of 11 enthusiastic volunteers for our February work party, when we were busy removing rhododendrons from an area which borders the Stone Road. This allows the nearby bluebells to spread and flourish here. Where we had done this in previous work parties, it was very satisfying to see the first green shoots of bluebells already breaking through the ground, even in February.

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Volunteers removing rhododendrons at our February work party

We had a very interesting talk in February from Keith Gittens, an expert on Yorkshire’s dragonflies. Hopefully we will be able to identify one or two, hovering near the pond and craters this summer.

On Saturday 27th April there will be a cycle ride to Beningborough Hall, departing from opposite the Children’s Play Area at 10 am. It will be a ride of a total of 32miles with a lunch stop at Beningborough Hall café.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or carer and of course everyone rides at their own risk.

Our next work parties will be on 13th April and 11th May. Meet at the notice board at the entrance to Hagg Wood at 10.00am. Any new volunteers will be very welcome to join us for some or all of the morning.

 

 

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for March 2019

There may be many signs of spring in Hagg Wood, Lesser Celandine at the woodland edge, a Dawn Chorus, Orange-tip butterflies along the paths, amongst many others, but one of the most reliable signs is the announcement of our Spring Programme.

Wednesday 20th March   A Naturalist’s Year  

Local expert amateur naturalist Terry Weston will be giving us another of his annual wildlife photographic extravaganzas in the Reading Room at 7.30pm, by kind invitation of the Dunnington Conservation Group. Admission is free but arrive in good time!

 Friday 29th March   Discovering How Our Waste is Recycled

We will meet at the Dunnington Reading Room car park at 9.30am, and then drive to the advanced Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds for our guided tour at 11am. Prior booking of a place on the trip is essential, since places are limited. The tour lasts for two hours, after which we will drive to the nearby Temple Newsam Tea Room at around 1.15pm for lunch or refreshments. Please e-mail David on djm02045@gmail.com if you would like to book your place on this visit.

Saturday 27th April    Cycle Ride to Beningbrough Hall

John Eastwood will be leading us on a 32-mile round trip cycle ride from outside the Children’s Play Park on Intake Lane at 10am towards Beningbrough Hall café for lunch around 12 noon. If you are fit enough to easily complete the 32-mile cycle ride and the weather is good, it should be a very enjoyable day.

Wednesday 29th May    Langdale Forest a Case of Mistaken Identity, and AGM

Brian Walker has had over thirty years’ experience as the Wildlife Officer of the Forestry Commission in the North York Moors district. He will be presenting the lessons to be learnt from managing Langdale Forest in the North York Moors National Park. His presentation will immediately follow our AGM. Meet at 8pm in the Reading Room. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.

Woodland Working Parties  –  Conservation in Action   These will be held on the mornings of 30th March, 13th April, 11th May and 22nd June so do put these dates in your diary. Meet at 10am at the Hagg Farm end of Intake Lane. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.