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                            Friends of Hagg Wood  - Newsletter April 2016

Dear Friend,


Spring welcomes us again in Hagg Wood, with beautiful displays of bluebells, wood anemones, primroses, celandines, blackthorn and catkins, as well as wild cherry blossom from some of our earlier plantings in the Breathing Places area of the wood. Bird song provides now a richer accompaniment to a walk around the wood. The rides are also drying out more with the warmer weather, after challenging winter months that have seen water-logged fields nearby and some boggy areas within the wood. We have been busy in recent months with our conservation activities within the wood. We have five main areas where we are working hard to improve our local environment for its long-term benefit. These include the Bluebell area and an adjacent area on the right of the main Stone Track where we have cleared bramble and invasive rhododendron to encourage the growth and spread of bluebells. They also include the Jubillee Wood and Millennium area where we have cleared spaces free from bramble and silver birch to give the many  oak and other native saplings that we and other helpers have planted there space to develop. The fourth main area is the Crater area, where we have similarly cleared large areas of bramble and brash left by the Forestry Commissionís contractor when they removed a number of conifers in this area, to enable us to create a wildlife-friendly area of native species of trees and shrubs that would attract a rich variety of birds, amphibians and insects around the four ponds there. The fifth area is the Breathing Places area, where we have similarly been busy clearing around our earlier plantings to give them space to develop freely. In addition, we have cleared much brash left at the side of Chambers Way to help provide an open green expanse, with shallow ponds left on the opposite side for wildlife habitats. 


We have several great events ahead in the coming months, including our trip to Markenfield Hall on Saturday 14th May and our 20th birthday celebrations in the wood on Saturday 4th June from 2-4pm, assisted by the local folk group Woodsmoke and the Dunnington Community Choir. Do join us if you can! On Wednesday 25th May, we have Andrew Cutts from Urban Buzz talking about how we can make the wood more attractive to pollinating bees, butterflies and other insects. His talk will immediately follow our AGM, (more details 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 11th May 2016. If you wish to propose an amendment to the Constitution, please refer to paragraph 9 of our Constitution . We continue to need your support, so please do renew your annual subscription  if you do not pay by Standing Order.  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 2017.



Yours sincerely


Dr David Mayston



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