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                                  Newsletter - Autumn 2011

Many thanks to all our members who responded to the recent call for views on the future of forestry policy in England to the Independent Panel on Forestry that was set up by the Government after public dismay at its original proposals to dispose of many Forestry Commission woodlands and forests. The consultation closed at the end of July with over 40,000 submissions received by the Panel, reflecting the strength of public concern over the issues involved. The Panel is due to publish its Progress Report in November, and we will remain very vigilant over any proposals which place our own Community Woodland and its future at risk. Further details of the Panel's deliberations can be found on its website http://www.defra.gov.uk/forestrypanel/.

Meanwhile, we have a full programme of events for you to enjoy in the coming months, including a cycle ride to Fulford Community Orchard in September, a fungal foray in October, a presentation on the Secret World of Badgers in November, our monthly Conservation Woodland Working Parties, and our New Year Lunch at the Dunnington Sports Centre. Further details of all these events are given overleaf.

In addition, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October, we have a weekend conference on "Discovering Hedgerows in Historic Landscapes: The Townships of Dunnington and Grimston" that is sponsored by Friends of Hagg Wood, in association with the Medieval Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. The conference follows on from the extensive local hedgerow survey which FHW member? have been carrying out in recent years, under the supervision of Barry Wright, and the associated work of the eminent landscape historian Stephen Moorhouse, who has spent much of the last twenty years working on the historic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, and on the recent discoveries of medieval townships based around the modern civil parish of Dunnington, which contained the medieval townships of Dunnington, Grimston and lanulfestorpe. It is therefore an excellent chance to understand better the history and natural history of our own local environment very close to home.

The conference will be held at the Dunnington Sports and Leisure Centre, with presentations on the Saturday by Stephen Moorhouse on understanding local historical landscapes and by Barry Wright on his complementary botanical analysis. The presentations will highlight the importance of identifying the structure of our local historical landscapes from documents, maps and evidence from local names and field names, linked to understanding the wealth of evidence that can be gained from a thorough and detailed systematic botanical survey of our local trees and hedgerows. There will be two field trips on the Sunday morning and afternoon, one looking at the local historic landscape and the other at the botanical evidence. The weekend is dedicated to the memory of the late Ron Bielby, who played a major part in our hedgerow survey and who was a keen local naturalist and FHW member.  Further details of the conference and how to book a place are given here.


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