Our next work party is on Saturday 13th October 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 with hand tools to cut back brambles in the Bluebell area to enable the bluebells to thrive in the springtime. All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or willies.
Well, here we are into autumn! There has definitely been a drop in the air temperature, plus rain showers since Sept 1st, the first meteorological day of autumn, but how will it progress? Will we experience Keats’:- “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;”?? Already trees are turning into their autumn colours; the horse chestnut in particular is already shedding leaves and conkers, which I read somewhere could be the effect of a non-fatal disease.
Writing this in early September the wood is still a pleasant to walk in with firm dry paths and the colouring leaves. Regular walkers will notice more open spaces in the millennium area as we continue to thin out the overcrowded birch. We continue to clear the glades on the Crater track and Styron way. These more open spaces increase low ground cover, grasses and flowers, which attract insects and birds. During our next working party we plan to clear the bramble from the breathing places area in line with the initial purpose of having an area for community use, with improved biodiversity and wildlife habitats. Can we have an area for community use along with wildlife habitats? Recently I read or heard someone say that wildlife can live alongside us, but can we live alongside wildlife? We should try by maintaining suitable habitat wherever we can. The wood brings joy to many, not purely because of the variety of trees, but also through bird song and the sightings of wild birds and animals.
The next planned outing is to Rodley Nature Reserve on Saturday 6th October. There is a meeting in the Reading Room on the 7th November when Amy-Jane Beer will be giving an illustrated presentation on the topic, ”Giving the Wild a Voice: reporting, celebrating and fighting for Nature.”
The next working parties are Saturdays 13th Oct. 3rd Nov. & 8th Dec. We welcome anyone who enjoys the wood and is willing to help look after it. Meet at 10am by the notice board at the Intake Lane entrance to the wood.
Our next work party is on Saturday 29th September 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 with hand tools to remove the remains of rhododendron and general brash in “Barbara’s Glade” alongside Styron Way in the east side of the wood.
All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or willies.
Join us if you like for an Autumnal cycle ride along a cross-country route to Riccall, with hopefully plenty of fresh air and healthy exercise to complement the varied scenery. We will meet outside the Children’s Play Area on Intake Lane at 10.30am for a round trip of some 26 miles, with lunch at the Dairyman Café in Riccall and a stop for tea on the way back at the Naburn Marina Waterfront café.
If you would prefer instead to drive to meet us for lunch at the Dairyman Café at 12 noon, please let John know on York 489056 beforehand so that he can reserve you a place.
It has been such a pleasure to walk in Hagg Wood during the long hot summer with all the paths dry and the trees offering some shade against the heat. There has been lots of flowers and butterflies to see as you wander along the paths and today a hare leaped out of the undergrowth just a few feet from where I was walking. This is of course one of the reasons to have dogs on leads or under close control when enjoying a walk in the wood.
The downside of the lovely dry summer is the risk of fire. There have been at least two cases of fires being lit and left in the wood by thoughtless people. Fortunately, in both cases the fires have been extinguished by the efforts of people living nearby. However, it should not be necessary to remind people that it is forbidden to light fires and barbecues in the wood.
We have been very fortunate to be able to purchase a second information board, thanks to a legacy left to Friends of Hagg Wood by one of its founder members, the late Barbara Pyrah. It is located at the top of the Stone Road, a few yards to the right of the seat. Forestry Commission kindly installed it for us, no small task! It should be of particular benefit to walkers entering the wood from the public footpath along the Main Ride.
Forestry Commission staff helping to install the new information sign
Our next work party is on Saturday 29th September from 10.00am until 1.00pm. New volunteers, prepared to work for even an hour will be made very welcome. Meet by the information board at the Intake Lane entrance to the wood.
We are also planning to have a cycle ride to Riccall on Saturday 22nd September (Note – this last date has changed from Sunday 23rd September) and a visit to Rodley Nature Reserve on Saturday 6th October. Further details will be found in our Autumn newsletter which will be emailed or distributed to members of Friends of Hagg Wood in early September.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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