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Newsletter - September 2021

Dear Friend

The importance of community resources, such as the NHS and public access to the countryside, in promoting human welfare has been strongly underlined by the recent pandemic. Public access to our own community resource of Hagg Wood also needs strongly defending in the face of sustained threats, with even Forestry England vans now having difficulty getting into Hagg Wood along the main forestry track.  We are still awaiting the Start Date for the forthcoming Public inquiry into our well-established public footpath claims, which we will strongly defend, with your continued support very welcome. We will resume our conservation working parties as soon as we can, and we have one planned for Wednesday 22nd September not too far away, so please get in touch with me on 01904-488674 or beforehand if you would like to take part.

Before the winter months make entry into Hagg Wood from Hagg Lane more difficult, it is a good time to visit the wood during the coming weeks to see the Autumn colours, berries and fungi within Hagg Wood’s peaceful natural environment. We are also now restarting our programme of events for you to enjoy, concentrating on outdoor events for the next few months. The first of these is a cycle ride for those who are physically fit, starting from next to the Children’s Play area in Intake Lane at 10.30am on Sunday 3rd October, and proceeding via Scoreby Wood, Kexby and Low Catton to Stamford Bridge for refreshments at the No 10 cafe, and back along the Route 66 route.

Our second forthcoming outdoor event is a visit to see the magnificent Autumn colours of the many fine trees of Thorp Perrow, near Bedale, meeting at the Dunnington Reading Room car park at 9am on Thursday 21st October for our day out. The entry cost is £10.95 for over 60s and £12.05 otherwise, though we need to let them know in advance and may be able to get an additional discount, so please tell me on 01904-488674 or soon if you would like to come.

Our third forthcoming outdoor event is a visit to see the dam-building activities of the Beavers in Cropton Forest on Thursday 11th November, again meeting at the Dunnington Reading Room car park at 9am. Numbers for this trip are limited, though a second visit might also be possible, so please again tell me know on  01904-488674 or soon if you would like to come.

There are so many good things in this world we can enjoy together, but also more negative challenges which together we can overcome with continued commitment to see a better world. Please do get in touch with Elaine on 01904-481520 or if you have not yet renewed your subscription to help us in our work.

With all good wishes


Dr David Mayston


Friends of Hagg Wood


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