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A meeting in Yorkshire around Helmsley and Harrogate

Sat 21 Sun 22 May 2022


Askham Bog and Harrogate
YO23 2UB and HG3 1QB
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These meetings may be booked as individual days.


Saturday 21st May and Sunday 22nd May: A meeting in Yorkshire around York and Harrogate

Saturday 21st May: Ashberry Pasture, Helmsley

Leader: Roger Martin

Information about the change of location for the meeting on Saturday 21st May, previously at Askham Bog, York. This is due to the travel problems likely to be encountered as a result of the York Spring Race Meeting, which is taking place over the 21st and 22nd May.

The Saturday 21st May Meeting will now take place at Ashberry Pasture, Helmsley, which is about 25 miles north of York.

There is very limited parking at this site, so depending on the direction from which you intend to arrive, we will arrange to meet and car share, probably either in Helmsley or on the B1257 north of Rievaulx.

We will be in touch again to sort out the details of where to meet.

 Ashberry Pasture is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve and SSSI in Upper Ryedale, situated half a mile from Rievaulx and 3 miles north-west of Helmsley. It has a range of habitats including ancient woodland, limestone grassland and calcareous fen. Its rich flora includes Bird’s-eye Primrose  Primula farinosa, Globeflower Trollius europaeus, Black Bog-rush  Schoenus nigricans, Baneberry  Actaea spicata, Lily-of-the-valley Convallaria majalis, as well as a variety of sedges Carex spp.

We apologise for not finding out about this earlier and hope that the change of location doesn’t spoil your plans for the weekend.

If the new arrangement doesn’t suit you and you would like to cancel your booking, please contact Sheila Wynn, wfs.gensec@gmail.com  as soon as possible, as there is a reserve list for the meeting.



Sunday 22nd May: Birk Crag and Oak Beck, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Leader: Dr Kevin Walker and Sheila Wynn 

Maximum Number 15

Meet for a 10:30 start, in Car Park 3 (the overflow car park) at Harlow Carr RHS Garden, Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB, (SE280542). The car park soon fills up, so early arrival is recommended. Parking is free.

There are toilets at the RHS Garden and there is a cafe but it is always very busy – there is usually a long queue.

The walk is mostly on woodland paths, which are steep in places.  We will have to cross the stream, so wellies are advisable.

Part of the area we will visit is adjacent to the RHS Gardens so as well as woodland species, there is a variety of plants from the gardens that have become naturalised along the stream and in the woods. We would hope to see Causcasian Penny-cress Pachyphragma macrophyllum, Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris, species of Skunk-cabbage, Lysichiton spp.and others.

To book, contact Janet John wfs.meetings@gmail.com or phone 01753 884490

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Important information about Two Day Meeting

  • Field meetings are open to all members of the Society. Guests may also attend meetings. Children are welcome but remain the responsibility of parents/guardians at all times.
  • Leaders have received updated procedures and recommendations to ensure the safety of members on meetings with regard to Covid-19. These include maintaining social distancing and perhaps limiting numbers at a meeting depending on terrain.
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  • Please DO NOT bring dogs as many field meetings are held in nature reserves or where there are grazing animals. Registered guide dogs may be exempt from this requirement, unless they are prohibited by the landowners. Please check with the meeting organiser.
  • Transport and accommodation is the responsibility of the attendee. However, members who do not drive or who have difficulty in reaching the starting point should contact the leader, whose details you will be given when you book, to see if transport might be available.
  • Please arrive promptly for the meeting. If you have traffic problems let the leader know so they can advise on the route and how you can find the group.
  • When you arrive at the meeting, park considerately, act responsibly, bearing in mind the Countryside Code, and stay with the group. Always inform the leader if you must leave before the end of a meeting.
  • Packed lunches are usually required and need to be carried.
  • All those attending Wild Flower Society field meetings do so at their own risk.

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