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                                              Friends of Hagg Wood

                                                      (Dunnington, York)

                                            Newsletter - Autumn 2007

We have two outdoor events for you to enjoy this Autumn. The first is a Fungal Foray in Hagg Wood on Sunday 7th October at 3 pm led by Findley Cooke, a local botanist.   As our previous Fungal Forays in Hagg Wood have shown, there are lots of interesting fungae usually to be found in Hagg Wood at this time of year, if the weather conditions are right, so this is a good opportunity to tramp around the wood and find some interesting specimens to look at (but not in general to eat!)

Our second outdoor trip is on Sunday 21st October to the Castle Howard Arboretum, which is managed by the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. According to its website, “The new arboretum at Castle Howard represents one of the most exciting new developments in horticulture and botany for the new millennium. When planting began in 1975, the late Lord Howard and James Russell shared a vision to create one of the most comprehensive collections of hardy woody plants in Europe....Over twenty-five years later, their plant collection has inestimable value for environmental conservation, scientific research, education and, not least, public enjoyment.” So do come and enjoy it with us, when the autumn colours should be in abundance. You are welcome too to join us for lunch beforehand at the Crown and Cushion at Welburn beforehand.  

Indoors, we have what promises to be a very interesting illustrated talk by Dr Niall Moore of the Central Science Museum on Alien Species, i.e. species of flora and fauna that have invaded Britain over past years and which may pose a threat to our native species. This is on Wednesday 5th December at 8pm in the Reading Room. 

Our programme of Conservation Working Parties every month on a Saturday morning starts again on Saturday 8th September, so come along and enjoy helping to make a practical contribution to restoring the wood to let the bluebells flourish and other useful activities to improve our local natural environment. Barry Wright of Sheffield Hallam University has been busy in recent weeks carrying out a hedgerow survey around Hagg Wood after his illustrated talk last year, and we expect to see the results of this soon. We are also in the process of updating our booklet “Hagg Wood – Past and Present”, with new sections from Barry and from Stephen Moorhouse on his landscape survey of Scoreby medieval village and its surroundings.  

To keep in touch with our activities, and many wonderful new photographs of the wood, log into our own new website www.fohw.org.uk that is managed by FHW committee member Tony Hudson. If you have any photographs of your own of the wood that you would like to share, then get it touch with Tony on tonyhudson@talktalk.net . He would also like to know your own e-mail address, so that we can mail out the Newsletter and send you updates more efficiently.

If you have not yet renewed your subscription, please complete the Membership form or phone Linda on 01904 489127 for further details.

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