Founded in 1594, The Box Moor Trust manages some 480 acres of agricultural and amenity land for the benefit of the inhabitants of Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon. A registered charity, the Trust's mission is to manage the estate in an environmentally sensitive manner for recreation, biodiversity, the provision of diverse opportunities for lifelong learning and to ensure that the enjoyment of such initiatives is accessible to all.
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July: Carter's Steam Fair - Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
Thursday 6th and Friday 14th August: summer activity days - Theme for 6th August is "Tales and Trails" (story trail, story telling, crafts and activities based on favourite stories). Theme for Friday 14th August is "Sense-sational Summer" (learn more about your five senses: sensory trail, sensory activities and crafts). Time: 10am-12.30pm. Venue: The Old Barn, off Westbrook Hay Drive, London Road, Hemel Hempstead. Activities are aimed at children aged 4 to 12. There is limited car parking at the Old Barn; alternatively you may park at the Box Moor Trust Centre on London Road, from where it is a short, pleasant walk to the barn. Please note that children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Families are welcome to stay for their own picnics afterwards. There is a suggested donation of £2.50 per child. No need to book, just drop in.
An exciting new project was launched in April at the Box Moor Trust’s annual public meeting.
“Bringing back the Bulbourne” is a partnership between the Trust, the Environment Agency and the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project that aims to restore the river to something of its former natural glory.
The River Bulbourne is a rare chalk stream and is listed internationally as a priority habitat for restoration.
Over the centuries it has been heavily modified for local industry, the building of the canal and to drain the adjacent fields. The project aims to restore the original narrow and winding course and provide a wider range of habitats for wildlife and make it a more attractive and tranquil place for walkers on the Moors.
The Environment Agency has grant aided the project and there will be lots of opportunities for local people and lovers of the Moors to be involved; helping with hands on conservation work, wildlife recording, researching local history and developing information materials.
The Moors will continue to be grazed as they have been for centuries but alternate sections of river bank are to be fenced so that the stock can be rotated from field to field, and the restored banks allowed to rest for parts of the year.
If you would like more information or to get involved contact Ian Richardson at the Trust on (01442) 253300.
Photo below: volunteers creating new habitats in the river with ‘woody debris’
The accounts of the Box Moor Trust for the year ended 30th September 2014 have been audited and are attached in PDF format (see below).
Entry forms are now available for our photo competition to find images for our 2016 calendar. Please click on the link below for full details and a form. Entry is free and there will be cash prizes for all photographs selected for the calendar, with first prize being £100. All photos must be taken on, or from, Box Moor Trust land. The theme is: 'Changing Seasons'. Closing date: Friday 14th August 2015.