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.
Hire of meeting space
|At the Box Moor Trust Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, we can offer you a unique meeting space which is an ideal venue to enable fresh thinking and teamwork. The Centre is surrounded by beautiful Trust land which can be explored and appreciated at any time. We have a selection of meeting rooms available suitable for conferences, business meetings, training courses, network groups, team building, seminars, press/product launches, interviews or for more informal gatherings. For further information about our meeting rooms and the facilities we can offer, please go to: Hire of the Box Moor Trust Centre.|
Sunday 31st January: Gadespring Cress Beds open day, 11am-2pm - A chance to visit and explore this fascinating former watercress farm and learn more about its history. Come and meet our conservation volunteers, see what has been achieved on the site so far and find out about plans for its future. No need to book - just come along. There is no charge for this event. Gadespring is located in Old Fishery Lane, HH. NB: Please note that there is no parking at this site.
Pasture Ticket Day (2016 grazing season): Wednesday 2nd March, 10am-12 noon - The Trustees will issue Pasture Tickets to those entitled at the Box Moor Trust Centre, London Road, HP1 2RE. Graziers wishing to purchase tickets may do so at the same time, the cost having been fixed at £7 per ticket. No animal will be accepted without the relevant passport and sight of owners' Public Liability Insurance for at least £5m cover. The grazing period will be 1st May until 31st October 2016. The number of tickets required will be:
|Mare and Foal||16|
|Empty Mare or Gelding||12|
|Cow in calf||16|
|Heifer or Steer over 2 years||7|
|Heifer or Steer under 2 years||6|
Annual Public Meeting: Wednesday 27th April, 7.00pm - Come and see what has been happening over the last 12 months and find out more about our plans for the future. Venue: The Box Moor Trust Centre, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RE. Light refreshments provided.
Tramper Loan: The Trust has an all-terrain mobility scooter for loan so that people (over the age of 14) who are less mobile can share in the pleasures that the Trust’s land can provide. The Tramper is a specially designed four wheel drive all-terrain electric buggy which can be used off road and even on rough ground, mud and grass. It enables people who have difficulty walking to experience the countryside, woodlands and nature reserves; and to accompany their friends and families when out walking. Users will be able to explore our ‘Orange Walk’ route, incorporating leafy Hay Wood with its shady pond, the boardwalk and the magnificent meadows with their views across the town.
If you would like to try out the Tramper, please ring the Trust on (01442) 253300. Initially the scooter will be available on the third Thursday of each month (August to October) and must be pre booked via the office. It is recommended that users are accompanied. Everyone will have an introductory session to its safe use and the controls with a member of the Trust’s team. More information will be provided to people making bookings.
You will no doubt have seen the work we have been doing to trees on the Moors in recent weeks to deal with safety and disease issues. The next stage of this work will start shortly on the trees between the railway bridge and Bourne End along London Road. You will have seen the poor condition of many Horse Chestnut trees, due principally to a bacterial infection called Phytophthora (Bleeding Canker). Early indications of infection can be splits in the bark (with associated sticky black exudate). The younger trees appear to be the most vulnerable, which is very sad, but eventually removal becomes the only solution.
We are in the early stages of working towards a comprehensive strategy to address issues related to trees on the Estate in general, the valley being a priority. The Land and Estates Committee will shortly be considering the framework for a long term strategy. We have produced a comprehensive photographic record documenting the problem, and you can see some of the photographs here. Our Estate Manager, Peter Samson, will be utilising his expertise on tree and woodland work to lead on progressing our strategy. We will have input from Trustees and external experts and do our best to maintain clear communication with our beneficiaries.
To take no action is not an option. Doing our best for the landscape we love is the priority we share. We could get gloomy about the problems we face with the Horse Chestnuts and trees in general, but we have a wonderful opportunity to do some fresh thinking in planning ahead to enhance the moors for the delight and enjoyment of future generations. Your support and understanding will be both welcome - and, indeed, essential.
Peter Ablett, Chair of Land and Estates
The ongoing project to restore the Bulbourne's original narrow and winding course through Box Moor Trust land provide a wider range of habitats for wildlife is progressing as planned.
Five specialist companies were recently invited to tender for cutting a large 'notch' in the concrete weir under the foot bridge on Harding's Moor. The removal of a four metre wide section will reduce sedimentation upstream and help expose river bed gravels. It will also make the passage of fish in the river that much easier.
The work will take place in March and is an integral part of the larger project that includes regarding sections of the river bank along the Bulbourne from where it enters Station Moor as far as Two Waters Road.
Volunteers have done great work constructing woody habitats within the river and they are already locally diverting the current and starting to vegetate over, and there is more to come. They are also now regularly monitoring river flies so the impact of the initiative can be monitored.
The Trust has applied to install sections of additional fencing within the Moors to help with grazing control and protect the restored banks from erosion. The plans can be viewed at the Trust office during working hours.
For further details and updates on the work as it progresses, please visit: http://bringingbackthebulbourne.blogspot.co.uk/
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).