The Friends of Hagg Wood has regular conservation-related activities both outdoors and indoors, these will be listed in the diary on the homepage. Further details can be found on the website

The Friends of Hagg Wood welcomes new members, with annual membership currently only £4 a year for individuals and £6 a year for couples. Do get in touch with Elaine, our member secretary, on 01904-481520 or by e-mail on

Friends of Hagg Wood

Hagg Wood is a 107-acre area of woodland close to Dunnington which was designated a Forestry Commission Community Woodland in 2003. Whilst the wood itself is just outside the parish boundaries of Dunnington, it is enjoyed by many residents of Dunnington for the fresh air and natural environment which it provides close to the village. English Nature has listed Hagg Wood as an ancient woodland, which is a site which has had a continuous history of woodland cover since the Middle Ages. It contains many species of wildflowers, including English bluebells, wood anemones, wood sorrel, bugle, celandines, primroses, snowdrops and foxgloves, several of which  are ancient woodland indicator species.

The Friends of Hagg Wood was formed by residents of Dunnington in 1996 to help guarantee continued public access to the wood and its establishment as a Community Woodland. The Friends carry our conservation activities in the wood both to preserve and protect existing native species. While Hagg Wood is a Planted Ancient Woodland site that contains many conifers that were planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1950s, the longer-term goal is to help regenerate the wood as a semi-natural woodland in which native species of trees, plants and wildlife can thrive. There are several key parts of the wood where work towards this end has taken place in recent years, including the Bluebell Area, Millennium Area, the Jubilee Wood, the Breathing Places Area and the Crater Area, which itself has several ponds which can be attractive to wildlife, including many birds which now visit or live in the wood.