Author: Friends of Hagg Wood

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.

 

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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.

 

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for May 2018

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it is good to enjoy the many delights that Hagg Wood has to offer. The wood anemones, mainly in the Bluebell area of the wood are putting on a fine show and there are numerous clumps of primroses to be seen, especially on the banks of ditches and around the ancient pond. There promises to be an excellent display of bluebells again this year, probably around the first 2 weeks in May will be when they are at their best, a little later than last year because of the adverse weather conditions. For those who are not familiar with Hagg Wood, the best area for bluebells is to be found by taking the right- hand track, about 50 yards from the main entrance.

The various paths in the wood have been quite wet this winter and spring because of the prolonged periods of rain, but with sensible footwear (i.e. pair of wellington boots) there is still a great deal of enjoyment to be had, not least to witness the gradual greening up of the trees and to hear the birds singing, loud and clear.

Our next event is on Wednesday 30th May in the Reading Room at 8pm. We will have our AGM first which is usually a very brief event (around 10 – 15 minutes) followed by an illustrated talk entitled “The Black Stuff” by Dr Jean McKendree. It deals with burning heather on grouse moors on which she has done extensive research. All are welcome to this event and refreshments will be available.

Our next working parties will be on the following dates, 26th May, and 6th June. As usual we will welcome any new volunteers to these. We usually work from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm but any time spent with us will be appreciated. Meet at the wood end of Intake Lane.

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 21st April 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 21st April 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 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.

 

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for April 2018

Our February talk “The Disappearing Hedgehog” was a sobering reminder of just how many pressures our wildlife faces from population increase, climate change etc. It also emphasised to me just how important is the effort of voluntary groups and committed individuals to protecting our natural environment.

The next two events on our Spring Programme are:-

Wednesday 30th May: The Black Stuff & AGM
After 25 years working in industry 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.  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 is entitled “The Black Stuff – estimating burning on a grouse moor using recent carbon deposits”. Meet at 8pm in the Reading Room.

Sunday 17th June: Cycle Ride and Visit to Burnby Hall
Meet at 11am 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. 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. 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.

Our next Woodland Working parties will be held on Saturdays the 21st April, 26th May, 9th June and 21st July.  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 10th March 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 10th March 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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