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Newsletter Update Spring 2020

Whether or not we have been able to get out into Hagg Wood recently, our past conservation activities will have helped its carpet of bluebells to continue to flourish, alongside many wood anemones, primroses, celandines and other colourful features of our local Community Woodland. We look forward to the day when we can resume our monthly conservation working parties in the wood, which like many of our other activities, such as indoor meetings and cycle rides, we have regrettably had to suspend in the current circumstances.  This includes our AGM at the end of May at which we were to have a guest presentation on Beaver introduction in Cropton forest, which we must now postpone to a future date.  However, the FHW committee has in the meantime been very busy tackling the continued challenge of the path blockage into Hagg Wood, and we still very much need your support to help us overcome this serious impediment to our local community being able to continue to enjoy its convenient access to our Community Woodland.

In recent weeks, we have submitted additional evidence of local use over many past years of the two paths for which we put in public footpath claims back in 1997. These are for both the main Forestry Track from Intake Lane  to meet the north-south public footpath through Hagg Wood, and the traditional route across the Triangular Field past Hagg Farm into the wood.   After its recent consultation exercise, the City of York Council is currently in the process of sending these applications on to the Planning Inspectorate before a Public Inquiry is held. It is vital that we get as much evidence of the use of these paths by local residents as possible to submit to the Planning Inspectorate in good time. If you have not already contact us via our website about your own use of the path before the recent blockage in October 2019, please do get in touch now via our website  or by writing to FHW, 5 Church Lane, Dunnington, YO19 5PT or emailing or telephoning 01904-488674.  This will add weight to the evidence we can present to the Planning  Inspectorate for a successful permanent resolution to the continuing access issue into Hagg Wood.

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