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Explore Hagg Wood
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Hagg Wood can be found to the east of Dunnington, York, towards the River Derwent. It is a coniferous woodland, with plenty of wonderful wildlife and flowers.

Hagg Wood provides a special home for many different types of wildlife including foxes, deer, badgers, and woodland birds. At different times of the year you can hear the call of woodpeakers, wood pigeons and cuckoos.

Native BluebellsIt's also a great place to spot bluebells in spring, as well as primroses, yellow pimpernel, wood anemone and dog violets, which you'll find growing along the woodland rides and clearings.

Hagg Wood's history

Hagg Wood has an ancient history. In the Domesday book of 1086 it was recorded as woodland pasture. It supported livestock and the woodland floor was covered un grassland.

The wood has been managed for a variety of products, according to the needs of the time, including timber for building, forage for animals and shelter for game.

After being heavily felled for timber in during the Second World War it was replanted by the the Forestry Commission in the 1950s.

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 and other broad-leafed trees and native woodland shrubs, as well as maintaining some of the larger conifers.

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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely love Hagg Wood! We live 5 minutes away on Intake Lane and take our dog there when we can! It is peaceful, safe and so interesting. We've only just moved back to this country from the Far East and I am looking forward to seeing the seasons changing the appearance of the trees and foliage.

Derek Bailey, 26/Sep/2016

Thanks for the comment and hope you continue to enjoy the woodland!

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Great visit to Hagg Wood last weekend. To think we'd never been before! Space to explore, good paths and some interesting tracks. Lots of wildlife including a good variety of fungi species. Sadly a little spoiled by dog walkers not picking up after their pets, but otherwise a great woodland area. Will visit again.

A Thomas, 21/Nov/2014

Glad you enjoyed the woodland!

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Having retired we find these woodland walks perfect for keeping use fit and after a visit to Hagg Wood its now one of my favourites we hope to return soon and explore more of this lovely woodland

Wyatt in York, 27/Jul/2014
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Last updated: 26th September 2016

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