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                                                                          Newsletter - Spring 2019

The daylight hours are getting longer and we look forward to the delights of Spring being soon with us. In the wood this means plenty of Spring flowers, including bluebells, primroses, wood anemones and much more besides. There are also hundreds of foxgloves waiting to burst into flower later in the  year, as a result] of some clearance work in the wood last year. We have a full programme of events for you to enjoy this Spring. These include an informative talk on dragonflies in Yorkshire and a visit to learn more about how our waste can be recycled, at the well-organised Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds. Further details can be found in the events programme.

The urgent need for greater care in how we look after our planet, of which recycling is one small part, has been underlined by a recent report by the United Nations Intergrovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which stressed that there is a remaining opportunity of only about 12 years in which we need to take firm action to avoid very damaging runaway harm to our environment (see  http://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/climate-change/  The extensive fires in California and on Saddleworth Moor this past summer gave us a glimpse of the danger ahead from rising temperatures and hotter summers. Professor Brian Cox in his book Wonders of the Solar System has indeed emphasized that the discovery that Venus “this benign, blue planet which shimmers brightly and with such beauty in the twilight skies of Earth was transformed long ago into a hellish world of searing temperatures, acid rain and crushing pressure ... demonstrates in stark terms that runaway greenhouse effects can happen to planets not too dissimilar from our own”. Despite much political energy being absorbed in other directions, and a US President who has yet to recognise the evidence and expert advice all around him, let us hope that greater sense prevails and we take much more effective action to avoid these dangers ahead. Planting more trees to absorb carbon dioxide is one such step, with plans, for instance,  by the Woodland Trust for 50 milllion new trees to be planted (see  https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/01/new-northern-forest/  in the next 25 years in a new Northern Forest along an East-West wildlife corridor from Hull to Liverpool.

 

Our own monthly conservation working parties provide the opportunity for you to get practically involved in caring for the wood, which is one of our major local environments which we can protect. We now have an attractive additional notice board at the end of the Stone Road, as well as two seats for those who welcome a rest in their journey around the wood. There are opportunities also to join the FHW committee to get more closely involved in our work and be welcomed as a new committee member. Our Annual General Meeting is itself forthcoming in May, when we will  have a presentation giving us the benefit of the long experience of Brian Walker as Wildlife Officer in the North York Moors district of the Forestry Commission, which itself celebrates its centenary in 2019.

 

So there are plenty of good reasons to continue to support us in our efforts to protect our own natural environment, so please do renew your subscription when it falls due in May. Our membership secretary, Elaine, would be glad to hear from you on elainehudson@talktalk.net or 01904-481520.

 

 

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