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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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There are a range of exciting activities to download and use during your visit to help you learn more about trees and forests - click here to find out more.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Came across the wood whilst cycling. Quiet and atmospheric, it really is lovely. Mature pine trees are not that common this close to York so it's worth a visit after a dry spell to soak up the experience. The rhodedendron were really vivid in the slight gloom. I'll be back!

Rob, 4/Jun/2018
4 Stars 4 Stars

Amazing little wood. Fabulous bluebells in all their glory. A little tricky to get to but its a little gem when you find it.

Roni, 7/May/2018

I guess we picked the wrong time to go.. visited today thought it was hard to find and saw nothing but mud. We were the only people we saw midday on a bright half term day so not popular with many at this time of year due to the mud i see.

Nicole, 15/Feb/2018

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Last updated: 3rd July 2018

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