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Combining woodland with meadow, this project started as a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Family beginnings  - The woodland was proposed by Charlie Forbes Adam; son Beilby 25, following his MA degree in Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University, responded that flowers had to be part of the design. With help from the Woodland Trust, grant aid was sought from the Forestry Commission. The project was taken up by Rosalind Forbes Adam, married to Charlie, together with conservation consultant, Tango Fawcett, and horticulturalist, Lin Hawthorne. The wood-meadow is on land which has been in the Forbes Adam family for 350 years.

The formation of Hagge Woods Trust (CIO number 1151831)

In April 2013 a charitable incorporated organisation Hagge Woods Trust (CIO) (number 1151831) was formed with five Trustees.

Its objects are:

  • To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in and around Three Hagges Wood-Meadow by promoting biological diversity, and
  • To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, in particular in relation to the creation and management of biodiverse meadow and woodland.
The Hagge Woods Trust team

In 2017 the team has grown: we have a Patron, seven Trustees, a core team of five staff, a strong body of Research Associates , and a growing number of Friends and Supporters and an invaluable group of Volunteers.

To find out more about the Team at Hagge Wood click here.

The Project

Between 2012 and 2013 we sowed fine grass and wildflower seed and planted some 10,000 trees and shrubs at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow. At almost ten hectares (25 acres) we believe the wood to be the largest plantation of newly created, deciduous native woodland in the Jubilee year in the Selby District.

With a long lease at a peppercorn rent, we are able to provide an uncommon degree of continuity and knowledge in managing and nurturing the wood.

Community Planted with the help of the local community, the wood is open to all dawn till dusk and is very accessible, bordering the A19 between Riccall and Escrick.