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                                                          Events Programme - Autumn 2016 

Sunday 2nd October  -  Visit to Ampleforth

A chance for a pleasant Sunday excursion to enjoy the Autumnal countryside and a visit to explore the rich varieties of apples to be found in the orchards of Ampleforth Abbey, and to visit the Abbey itself. If you would also like to join us for Sunday lunch at the Fairfax Arms, Gilling East  beforehand, meet at the Dunnington Reading Room car park at 11am or at 12 noon at the Fairfax Arms itself. If you need a lift let David know on 488674 beforehand. Alternatively, meet at the Ampleforth Abbey apple orchards at 2.15pm. We hope to finish our visit with a welcome cup of tea or other needed refreshments at the delightful Abbey Tea Room. We will need to book lunch places at the Fairfax Arms in advance, so if you would like to come to the lunch, please let David know on 488674 by Friday 30th September to ensure a lunch place.

Wednesday 23rd November -  Alien Species

Alien and invasive species can have a major impact on our native environment, including woodlands, both in the UK and internationally. Mike Sutton-Croft is an ecologist and information scientist who has carried out wide-ranging research on their impact, from crayfish in our rivers to American skunk-cabbage introduced by garden centres. He is well-positioned to give us his expert view of how alien species can get out of control and how they can be tackled from his work for the Animal and Plant Health Agency branch of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  With more international mobility of people and greater international trade and movement of diverse plants and animals, this is a subject we need to be increasingly aware of, if we are to protect our own local environment. Meet at 8pm in Dunnington Reading Room. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50.

Sunday 8th 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 Sports Centre. We need to book you a place at the lunch, so please let Michael know on York 489013 or on mdunn48h@gmail.com  by 18th December to book your place and your menu choice.  So make a note in your diary to book with Michael before you start your Xmas shopping!

Woodland Working Parties  -  Conservation in Action

These will be held on the mornings of Saturdays 10th and 24th September, 22nd October, 5th November, 3rd December 2016, and 7th January 2017, 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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