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                          Newsletter - April 2013

Dear Friend

Spring has finally arrived! After the cold, wind and rain of earlier months, the sight of sunshine breaking through has encouraged primroses, wood anemones, and bluebells on their way to flowering in the wood. The Crater area that we have helped to clear in the past year has also taken on a new lease of life, with frog spawn evidence that Mother Nature is enjoying the fruits of our labours. Fortunately too the Spring warmth (and April winds) have helped to dry out the water-logged areas of the wood, including many of the woodland rides that had become boggy with the repeated heavy rains of winter. The ancient network of drainage channels within the wood had also become blocked in many places and were spilling over on to the pathways, with the Forestry Commission no longer having a great army of manual labour to keep them open.  After our urging, the Forestry Commission have in recent weeks hired a contractor to install new drainage channels and open up previously blocked ones to improve the flow of water within the wood. For this we are very grateful and hope that it will represent a long-term improvement. The campaign that we fully supported to keep the public forest estate, including Hagg Wood, in public hands has also been successful. We have been continuing our enjoyable monthly Woodland Conservation Working Parties, with our next on Saturdays 25th May and 22nd June at 10am.  

Three other important forthcoming events for your diary are firstly our Spring Cycle Ride on Saturday 11th May meeting outside the childrenís play area at Intake Lane at 11.30am for lunch at the Fulford Arms at 12.30pm, followed by a guided tour of the rich history and natural history of York Cemetery at 2.30pm. The second is a visit to the Himalayan Garden at Grewelthorpe, near Ripon, on Saturday 1st June, leaving the Reading Room in Dunnington at 10.30am for lunch at the Crown in Grewelthorpe at 12 noon and on to the 20 acres of grounds to explore in the Himalayan Gardens at 2pm. The third is our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 29th May at 8pm in the Reading Room, which will be followed by a presentation on Lessons from a Forest Transformation by Nigel Rylance, the Forestry Commissionís Planning Officer.  The Agenda for the formal business at the AGM can be viewed here.  If you would like to stand for the committee, or nominate another member for the committee, please send your nominations to me at  davidmays10@gmail.com by 15th May 2013. If you wish to propose an amendment to the Constitution please refer to paragraph 9 of our Constitution,

There are therefore again plenty of reasons for you to renew your annual subscription if you do not pay by Standing Order (see membership form).  We have once again kept our subscription fees unchanged at one of the lowest for many local organizations, and paying now will give you membership until 31st May 2014.

        Yours sincerely


        Dr David Mayston



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