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Newsletter - 31 May 2021

Dear Friend

The phrase “Not out of the woods yet” seems to apply nationally, with the Indian variant of the coronavirus unfortunately still spreading and the June 21st date for the unlocking of restrictions on indoor meetings still in some doubt. However for us, the phrase “Not fully back in the Wood yet” is more applicable. We have been able to enjoy many weeks this Spring of walks in Hagg Wood via Hagg Lane or the northern entrance, with magnificent displays of bluebells, primroses, wood anemones and other wildflowers that have benefited from our previous years’ hard work clearing invasive brambles from the Bluebell Area, along the banks of the ditches, and elsewhere. However, the main entrance to Hagg Wood from Intake Lane has remained blocked, causing considerable inconvenience to many local residents, and especially the less able.  We are still awaiting a date to be set by the Planning Inspectorate for a local public inquiry on our application, which we originally made back in 1997!, for this and a related path to be fully recognised as public footpath. We have been busy nevertheless during the delay preparing our case, so have had plenty to do in these challenging times.

We are also now having active discussions with Forestry England on re-starting our monthly Conservation Working Parties in Hagg Wood, and will resume these as soon as we can after these discussions are complete. We have been busy in recent weeks drawing up our own detailed Management Plan for Hagg Wood for the next 10 years to build upon and consolidate the considerable progress which we have made in several parts of the wood in the previous 10 years. 

Our normal programme of indoor meetings with interesting speakers has obviously had to be suspended during the pandemic, including our recent usual AGM, but we will re-start planning for these as soon as the national restrictions become clearer. Like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, we hope to emerge from the challenging past months to help improve the local natural environment, after much activity behind the scenes by committee members in a state of apparent suspended animation but still alive and well. The next 12 months is likely to present its own challenges, and we will need your continued support, so please do renew your membership to help us achieve our worthwhile goals.

With all good wishes for a brighter future.

Dr David Mayston

Chairman

Friends of Hagg Wood

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