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                          Friends of Hagg Wood  - Newsletter April 2017

 Dear Friend,


We have been very busy again in the past twelve months. Last June we celebrated our 20th anniversary in beautiful sunshine in Hagg Wood with a very pleasant birthday party, accompanied by Dunnington Community Choir and the Woodsmoke folk group, and with two MPs who helped us in our original campaign to ensure public access to the wood in 1996 also dropping in to share in our celebrations. During the year, we have had very interesting visits to Ampleforth and to both Drax power station and its surrounding Nature Reserve. We have had fascinating indoor meetings on Alien Species and on Volunteering After Natural Disasters. In the wood itself, we have benefitted from the advice of Martin Hammond, our ecological adviser, from local members of Butterfly Conservation, and from Andrew Cutts of Urban Buzz York. This has helped us formulate our action plans for the continuing steady improvement of the ecology of the wood, including its attractiveness to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, through our regular monthly conservation working parties. This work has been further assisted by the supply of native tree saplings from the Woodland Trust and wildflower plants and additional tools from Urban Buzz, and by generous donations, including from the estate of one of our founding members, Barbara Pyrah. We have therefore been able to fund several days work in the Bluebell area by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to clear further areas of invasive bramble. This is helping to yield an even more magnificent carpet of native English bluebells and wood anemones in Hagg Wood than was achieved last year with the help of our previous work in this direction. We have also been able to make further improvements to the Crater area as a habitat for wildlife, and to develop plans for areas of glade within the wood where wildflowers that are particularly attractive to butterflies and bees can flourish.


This year has also seen the publication of the long-awaited report on the Historic Hedgerow Heritage of Dunnington by Dr Barry Wright, based upon detailed field survey work by FHW members. A copy of this report is available in the Dunnington Library. Our AGM this year is on Wednesday 24th May (more details here) and will be accompanied by an illustrated talk by Jonathan Dent of York’s St Nicholas Field Nature Reserve. 


If you would like to stand for the FHW committee, or nominate another member for the committee, please send your nominations to me at  davidmays10@gmail.com  by 10th May 2017. 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 already 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 2018.



 With all good wishes


 Dr David Mayston



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