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                          Friends of Hagg Wood

                          Newsletter - April 2014

Dear Friend

A wonderful display of wild flowers, blossom and catkins awaits you in the wood, whilst Spring is in full force, aided by some recent sunny days. Our hard work clearing invasive brambles from the bluebell area, assisted by The Conservation Volunteers, has resulted in a great carpet of bluebells, especially around the pond that we had cleared some months back. Amongst them are large patches of wood anemones, with celandines, wood sorrel, stitchwort, violets and primrose to be found elsewhere too. White blossom from the wild cherry trees we planted a few years ago in the Breathing Places area and other parts of the wood now complement the displays from hawthorn and blackthorn along the adjacent hedgerows, which we have supplemented by our own hedgerow plantings in recent years. The prolific catkins from the silver birch, hazel and pussy willow add to the visual delights of the wood, as do the white-tailed and orange-tailed bumble bees, and numerous butterflies, with a rich accompaniment of native birdsong confirming the attractions of the wood for local wildlife.  At the same time, a wealth of foxgloves, woodbine, guelder rose, holly and rowan await their turn to provide added colour later in the year.

We too have been busy in recent months, including planting additional new saplings in the Jubilee and Crater areas of the wood, of oak, wild cherry, hazel, rowan, field maple and crab apple. As always you are very welcome to join us on our monthly conservation working parties, the next ones of which are on Saturdays 3rd May, 24th May, 21st June and 12th July between 10am and 1pm. Three other forthcoming events for your diary include our Spring Cycle Ride on Saturday 31st May to Weldrake Ings meeting outside the children’s play area at Intake Lane at 10am, with lunch at the Ferry Boat Inn, and secondly a chance to experience the Dawn Chorus in the wood from 5am on Saturday 10th May. The third is our AGM on Wednesday 28th May at 8pm in the Dunnington Reading Room, which will be followed by a presentation by Dr Margaret Atherden on the Wealth of Wildflowers to be found along the road verges of North Yorkshire. 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 14th May 2014. 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  (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 2015.


        With all good wishes


        Dr David Mayston



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