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                                                   Events Programme - Autumn 2019

Friday 20th September -  Cycle Ride to Selby Abbey

Selby Abbey is this year celebrating its 950th anniversary since its foundation in 1069, and this is a chance for an Autumnal cycle ride to visit it. We will take a cross-country route, including passing the heavenly planetary bodies along the Solar System cycle path between York and Selby. We will meet outside the Children’s Play Area on Intake Lane at 10am for a round trip of some 32 miles. There are several nice cafes in Selby to choose from for our lunch stop, including one at the Abbey itself. If both you and your bike are in good condition, join us if you can for what should be a very enjoyable ride.

 Thursday 17th October  -  Visit to Dalby Forest

This is a chance to take part in a commemorative tree planting in Dalby Forest to celebrate the Forestry Commission’s 100th anniversary, and visit the impressive celebratory sculpture by award-winning artist Rachel Whiteread, as well as joining the Gruffalo walking trail. If you would like to come, please contact Linda on 489127 or for further details, and come with sturdy footwear and suitable outdoor clothes for a day in the forest.

 Wednesday 6th November - Tackling Wildlife Crime

Sergeant Stuart Grainger, Wildlife Crime Officer with the North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Task Force, will be giving us a presentation on bird of prey and other wildlife crime. The presentation will include recent cases and show how you can help, what to look out for, and how to report a suspected wildlife crime to police. Stuart has over 23 years’ experience with North Yorkshire Police. Meet at 8pm in Dunnington Reading Room. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50.


Friday 8th November -  Visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum


The Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard prides itself in being “a glorious 120 acre garden of trees from across the globe …a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds .. the backdrop for a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world” ( This is a chance to explore this magnificent collection at a leisurely pace with the intention of seeing many of the trees in their glorious Autumn colours.  We will meet at Dunnington Reading Room at 10am to car share and drive to the Arboretum, where parking is free and admission to the Arboretum is £6.35 for adults (or £7 with a Gift Aid donation).The Arboretum Café will be open for refreshments.

 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 1pm 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 Brian know on 0744-3597769 or on  by 18th December to book your place and your menu choice (options can be viewed here)

 Woodland Working Parties -  Conservation in Action

These will be held on the mornings of Friday 4th October, & Saturdays 7th September, 16th November, 7th December 2019, and 11th January 2020, 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.