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                                             Friends of Hagg Wood

                                                      (Dunnington, York)                                           

                                              Newsletter - Spring 2007

After celebrating our tenth anniversary with a series of very enjoyable events last Autumn, including rythmic drumming and oak seedling planting in the Wood, we are now planting some new seeds for the Spring, not least by entering cyberspace in the form of our new website www.fohw.org.uk that has been designed by FHW committee member Tony Hudson. Our new website will provide a valuable link with our members and the outside world, and to other websites of organisations, such as the Community Woodland Network, we work alongside. To help keep you informed, it would also be very helpful if you could let Tony know on tonyhudson@talktalk.net your own e-mail address, so that we can mail out the Newsletter and send you updates more efficiently.

Tony will also be giving an illustrated talk on his new passion of  Dry Stone Walling on Wednesday 28th February at 8pm.

On Tuesday 27th March at 7.30pm, by kind invitation of the Dunnington Conservation Group, we have the chance to enjoy another photographic spectacular from our local expert ornithologist, Terry Weston. This time Terry will range along the East Coast of England from Northumberland to Norfolk, but not missing out Yorkshire on the way. On Wednesday 23rd May at our AGM, Stephen Moorhouse will be giving us an update of the landscape survey work he has been doing in recent months in Hagg Wood and the surrounding area of the medieval Scoreby village, as part of our Local Heritage Initiative grant. 

Outdoors, we also have a trip on Sunday 15th April to the Old Deer Park adjacent to Duncombe Park near Helmsley, where the Forestry Commissionís ecology expert, Brian Walker, will lead us to a fine display of veteran trees that are otherwise inaccessible. We will be leaving the Reading Room car park at 11am if you would like to join us for Sunday lunch at the Royal Oak Inn in Nunnington, or otherwise meet us at the Royal Oak Inn at 12 noon (phone 488674 if you need a lift or intend to come to the lunch, so that we can reserve a place for you). Alternatively, meet us at 1.30pm at the Old Deer Park wood entrance (map reference SE584815) 4 miles out of Helmsley on the A170 going towards Thirsk, where Brian in his Forestry Commission van will be waiting  to show us round. Since it is a Forestry Commission  wood, there is no admissions charge, but make sure you come prepared with stout shoes or good wellies for the woodland tour. 

On Sunday 11th March, we have a planting event in Hagg Wood in the western area of the Wood which BTCV and other local volunteers will be clearing as part of a new Breathing Places grant we have received to demonstrate how the Wood can be restored to more native woodland with the help of new and existing volunteers. We also plan to get involved in hedgerow surveys during this year, so look out on our new website, and our existing notice board at the entrance of the Wood, for further details. If you have not yet renewed your subscription, please complete the form on our new website, or phone John on 489127 for further details.

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