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                   Events Programme - Autumn 2013                   

Saturday 14th September -  Wild About Wood

A celebration of all things wood for all ages is the billing for the Wild About Wood celebration which we will be joining  at the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard . We will meet at the Reading Room car park at 10.30am for the drive to Castle Howard, aiming to get there by 11.30am  to join in the celebrations. There will be refreshments on hand for lunch, but you are welcome to bring a picnic  if you wish. We hope to stop off at the tea-shop in Welburn on the way home. It should be a really good day out for us woody folk! Admission is £8 for adults and £6 for concessions, with 50p off online, see www.wildaboutwood.org/What's_On.html for more details. Call 488674 if you need a lift. 

Saturday 5th October -  York’s Cold War Bunker

We have a chance for some healthy exercise, good food and insights into local modern history with a cycle ride from Dunnington to the Cold War Bunker in Acomb. For the cycle ride, meet in Intake Lane next to the Children’s Play Area at 11am. We will aim to reach the Fox and Roman on the Tadcaster Road for lunch by 12 noon, where you are welcome to join us even if you are not cycling. We will then leave at around 2pm to get to the York Cold War Bunker in time for the 3pm guided tour, for which there is a charge of £6.40 for adults and £5.80 for concessions. The English Heritage website http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/york-cold-war-bunker/   provides further details and directions if you would like to meet us there for the 3pm tour. 

Wednesday 20th November  -  What is happening to our bees?

Local beekeeper, Chris Spedding, will be giving us an illustrated talk on an aspect of wildlife we often take for granted, but on which we rely for our fruit, vegetables, trees and flowers on their free pollination services, namely bees. These indeed include not only honey bees, but also bumble bees and many other kinds of wild bees. The dangers of their decline under the impact of climate change and changes in agricultural practices have been highlighted in the book A World Without Bees by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum, so this is an issue of concern to us all. However, there is hope, if we can plant more bee-friendly plants in our gardens and woodlands. Meet at 8pm in the Tower Room of Dunnington Parish Church. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50. 

Sunday 12th January  -  New Year Lunch

Brighten up the dark days of winter by joining us for our now-traditional New Year Lunch, again this year at the Dunnington Sports Centre, with an optional woodland walk beforehand to refresh your appetite. Meet at 11am outside the Children’s Play Area on Intake Lane for the walk, or at 1.15pm for a drink before the lunch at 1.30pm at the Dunnington Sports Club. We need to book you a place at the lunch, so please let  Michael Dunn on York 489013 know by 20th December to book your place and your menu choice. So make a note in your diary to make your booking with Michael before you start your Xmas shopping!

 Woodland Working Parties   -   Conservation in Action

These will be held on the mornings of Saturdays 7th September, 12th October, 16th November, 7th December and 11th January, 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.

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