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Friends of Hagg Wood
was formed in 1996 to preserve, protect and enhance the natural plant and animal life in the wood for the community.
FoHW holds monthly conservation working parties in the wood and other enjoyable activities, including illustrated talks, social events and visits to places of conservation interest.
Hagg Wood is a coniferous plantation on an ancient woodland site
that still has many remnants of the native woodland vegetation. The
wood is designated as a
Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS for short).
Future of the public forest estate
can be found
enhance our lives and lift our spirits. They shelter our wildlife
temper our climate...The planting of trees is a sign of our confidence in the future.
It is a compliment paid by our generation to its successors and marks
to those who paid us that compliment in the past."
(DoE/MAFF, 1995, pi 18) White Paper, Rural England,
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Hagg Wood is an
area of woodland of 107 acres (43Ha), to the east of Dunnington, York towards the River Derwent, at Ordnance
Survey reference SE 685 526. It is situated at around 25 metres above sea
The wood was
established as a Community Woodland in 2003. The
Forestry Commission manages the wood in consultation with the Friends of Hagg Wood.
The long-term objective is to restore the wood as native
semi-natural woodland, including oak, ash and other broad-leafed trees
and native woodland shrubs, as well as maintaining some of the larger
The Forestry Commission informed us in
August 2015 that
the disease Chalara Ash Dieback, which has been gradually
affecting ash trees within the UK, has been found on one young ash
tree in Hagg Wood. Cases have previously been detected in the nearby
“Chalara causes leaf loss, crown dieback
and bark lesions in affected trees. Once a tree is infected the
disease is usually fatal, either directly, or indirectly by
weakening the tree to the point where it succumbs more readily to
attacks by other pests or pathogens.. The first signs of Chalara in
Britain were found in a nursery in Buckinghamshire in February 2012.
Improved monitoring techniques continue to uncover new finds.
Chalara dieback of ash has potential to cause significant damage to
the UK's ash population. It has caused widespread damage to ash
populations in continental Europe, where experience indicates that
it can kill young ash trees quite quickly, while older trees can
resist it for some time until prolonged exposure, or another pest or
pathogen attacking them in their weakened state, eventually causes
them to succumb”.
The Forestry Commission has said that “We will
not be restricting public access to Hagg Wood, but we will be
placing public information signs.. asking people to help slow the
spread of the disease by brushing soil and plant material off their
boots and shoes, clothes, bicycles, baby buggies, wheelchairs and
car wheels etc before they leave areas with infected trees, and
washing these items at home before visiting another park or
woodland. Do not remove leaves, plants, branches or logs from the
wood. There is no risk to people or animals”.
Further information can be found on the Forestry Commission website
In order to help limit the further
spread of this damaging tree disease, your cooperation is requested
whenever you visit the wood.
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