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Picnic Held in New Community Woods in Escrick

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4:09pm 14th July 2014

A celebration picnic has been held at a pioneering community woodland in Escrick, near York, this weekend.

More than 70 guests from across the county attended a special Tea In The Meadow afternoon to enjoy and learn more about the district’s largest new public woodland.

The 25-acre Three Hagges Jubilee Wood at Escrick Park Estate is being transformed from arable land into ancient woodland for the benefit of the public.

Rosalind Forbes Adam, the chair of the Hagge Woods Trust, who has designed and master-minded the unique wood with her son Beilby, commented: “We were delighted with the turnout. Visitors and friends alike were able to wander through the wild flower meadow and the wood to see the progress being made.

“Seeded only just over a year ago, the meadow already has 32 species of wildflower including ox-eye daisy, birdsfoot trefoil, viper’s bugloss and achillea millefolium, plus the occasional orchid.

“Guests then set up camp to the accompaniment of Tim New and his band and listened to jazz while they enjoyed a huge array of home-made cakes largely provided by Anita Dart and the Craft Club team from the nearby Hollicarrs Holiday Park,” she said.

Rosalind Forbes Adam added: “I would like to thank everyone who came and all those who are supporting the project which aims to research and develop a full wood-meadow eco-system.  We are excited to have attracted generous support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and also Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate who are enabling us to create nursery beds for enhancing the wood with a huge diversity of plants.”

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