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                                       Friends of Hagg Wood

                                               (Dunnington, York)

                                    Newsletter - Spring 2008

If you go down to the wood today, you can see near the entrance our magnificent new welcoming board, complete with photographs, map and artwork of natural features of the wood. It is the result of several months’ work by FHW committee members, our graphics designer, Vince Danks, and local artist, Daphne Hancox, in collaboration with rangers Nick Short and Cath Brason of the Forestry Commission. It has also been made possible through  financial support we have secured from a BBC Breathing Places grant and from the City of York Council. Similar sterling efforts have gone into the production of the new edition of our booklet Hagg Wood – Past, Present and Future, which we have produced with the support of a Local Heritage Initiative grant. Our new booklet updates our earlier edition that we produced in 2002, and contains completely new contributions by the eminent landscape historian, Stephen Moorhouse, on the nearby medieval village of Scoreby and its relationship to Hagg Wood, and by local ecologist, Barry Wright, on the history and natural history of local hedgerows close to Hagg Wood. All of our paid-up members will receive a free copy of the booklet, together with a copy of our accompanying new leaflet Welcome to Hagg Wood that contains beautiful photographs of the wood by FHW committee member, Tony Hudson, and the map which adorns the new interpretation board. Further copies will be on sale at local newsagents, Dunnington News, or available directly from Linda on 489127.

We have a full programme of indoor and outdoor events for you to enjoy this Spring. Indoors, in February we have a spectacular double-bill of Terry Weston’s annual photographic extravaganza on Tuesday 26th, by courtesy of Dunnington Conservation Group, this year on Dunnington’s own wildlife, followed on Wednesday 27th by an expert illustrated presentation by Alistair Crosby of the Woodland Trust on restoring ancient woodlands, such as Hagg Wood, that have in past years been extensively planted with conifers, to their former glory.

Following our AGM on May 28th, you can enjoy an illustrated talk by Craig Ralston, of Natural England, on his work on improving the Natural World of the Lower Derwent Valley.

Outdoors, we have a Spring visit to the beautiful wood of Bulmer Hag on Sunday 4th May and an exploration of local hedgerows through an evening stroll along Intake Lane on Thursday 22nd May with Barry Wright.  We also have our monthly escorted walks in the wood on each third Friday afternoon, and our monthly conservation working parties which provide an enjoyable opportunity to give practical help in improving our local natural environment. For further details, see the Events page

If you have not yet renewed your subscription, please complete the Membership form or phone Linda on 01904 489127, and we will send you your free copy of our new booklet. As you can see, it is well worth belonging to FHW to support or good work and to be able to take part in our many enjoyable activities.


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