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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 more information can be found here 



Inspiration: "trees enhance our lives and lift our spirits. They shelter our wildlife and 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 our gratitude to those who paid us that compliment in the past."  (DoE/MAFF, 1995, pi 18) White Paper, Rural England, 1995.)

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"Historic Hedgerow Heritage of Dunnington" Survey Report -   more information can be found here

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 level.

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 conifers.


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 Holtby Wood.

“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 at  

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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