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                                              Friends of Hagg Wood                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Newsletter - Autumn 2009


Join us on Sunday 23rd August from 2pm to 4.30pm for our Community Fun Day in Hagg Wood as part of our BBC Breathing Places celebrations. We have been busy over the past few years restoring a part of Hagg Wood that has previously been neglected, with the help of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and grants from the BBC Breathing Places scheme, and this is a chance for the local community to see this work first hand. The afternoon of celebrations will include a guided tour of the new site between refreshments of cakes and soft drinks and the chance to take part in a Drumming Circle in the wood organised by expert drummer Steve Hill, together with a Nature Trail and Craft Activities for children organised by the Forestry Commission. Like our earlier tenth Anniversary celebrations, this promises to be great fun, so do come and join us. 

Our new programme of events continues with the chance to explore the delights of Pocklington Canal first hand, following the fascinating illustrated talk given at our AGM in May by Sheila Nix of the Pocklington Canal Preservation Society on their major restoration work along the canal. We will be having two canal barge trips on their New Horizons vessel exploring the canal, which forms a major local ecological system, organised by the Preservation Society on the evenings of Friday 28th August and Thursday 3rd September.  Booking details are  shown on the Autumn 09 Events list.

On Sunday 18th October, we will have a Fungal Foray in Hagg Wood to discover the many different types of fungi that can be found in the wood. On Wednesday 25th November, we will have an illustrated talk on the work of the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society restoring Holgate Windmill in York to its former glories and on the history of the windmill. You are also invited to join us for our New Year lunch at  the Dunnington Sports Club on Sunday 10th January at 1.30pm, and a bracing walk in the wood beforehand at 12 noon as well if you like to work up a good appetite.

 Our regular programme of monthly Conservation Working Parties is continuing on Saturday mornings each month this Autumn. There is plenty for us to do in the wood, helping to clear the bluebell area and elsewhere of invasive vegetation so that the wildflowers can thrive, and many other useful tasks, so do join us for this too if you can.  

The completion of our Hedgerow Survey for Dunnington is also continuing on Friday afternoons whilst the leaves are on the trees and hedgerows, so do get in touch with Linda on 489127 if you can help with this.

If you have not yet renewed your subscription, please do get in touch with Elaine Hudson on 01904 481520 or complete the Membership form.


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