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.|
Nature Tots: from September 2016 - For children aged 18 months - 4 years and their parents/carers. Join us for an outdoor adventure on the third Tuesday of the month at The Old Barn, Westbrook Hay (term time only). Times: 10-11.30am or 1.30-3pm. Cost: £1.20 per child, per session, payable termly in advance. Spring term fully booked.
Sunday 26th February: Gadespring Cress Beds Open Day, 11am-2pm: A chance to visit and explore this fascinating former watercress farm and learn more about its history. Guided tours and a family birdwatching and bird feeding event. There is plenty of interest for youngsters, too: view samples of creatures found in the water, wade through the channels (bring your wellies!) and complete our fun quiz. 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.
Sunday 12th March: Spring Lambs at the Trust, 11am-2pm: A guided walk around the pastures of Westbrook Hay and a tour of the livestock barn, where the ewes waiting to give birth are kept under close observation by the estate staff. Craft table/story time for younger visitors - there may even be an opportunity to bottle feed some of the youngest lambs! There is a small charge of £5 per adult or £10 per family, payable in advance. To reserve your place, email:
in the first instance. FULLY BOOKED
Thursday 4th May: Annual Public Meeting: 1pm-4pm drop-in session; 4pm-5.30pm formal meeting (session 1); 7.30pm-9pm formal meeting (session 2): Venue is The Box Moor Trust Centre, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RE. Trustees and staff look forward to talking to you about ongoing and future projects, and to hear your views and ideas. There is an afternoon drop-in session for those who cannot make the evening. The formal part of the meeting will be in the evening; two sessions have been scheduled in to give you options on when you would prefer to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.
Bird hide at Gadespring Cressbeds: alternate Tuesdays, 10.30am-2pm - Access to our bird hide overlooking the scrape is available every other Tuesday. Call 01442 253300 to check dates.
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. The scooter is available on Monday mornings (April to October) and must be pre booked via the office. (Other weekdays may be accommodated if Mondays are not convenient - please enquire). 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.
The next phase of the Bulbourne restoration project will be getting underway early in the New Year. The purpose of the project is to restore a 1000 metre stretch of the river between Fishery Road and Two Waters Road. The river in this location contributes significantly to the character of the area, and is well-visited and appreciated by the community. However, it has been heavily modified in the past. It is over-wide and lacking in features characteristic of a chalk stream. Under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, the Bulbourne is listed as a priority habitat for restoration.
The work comprises:
- Re-grading the banks to narrow the channel, create more sinuosity and create a shallower bank profile;
- Installation of woody habitat features to help improve habitat and flow diversity;
- Stabilisation and narrowing of river crossing points;
- Reconnecting the floodplain and creation of floodplain scrapes (aka seasonal ponds);
- Bed raising where the channel has been over-deepened;
- Installation of fencing.
The Trustees will issue pasture tickets to those entitled at The Box Moor Trust Centre, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RE on Wednesday 1st March 2017 between the hours of 10am and 12 noon. The grazing period will be 1st May until 31st October 2017. The number of tickets required will be:
|Mare and foal:||16||Heifer or steer over 2 years (not in calf):||7|
|Empty mare or gelding:||12||Heifer or steer under 2 years:||6|
|Cow in calf||16|
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.
Sheep worrying: It is an offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 for dogs to be at large in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep. Owners of dogs not kept on a lead or otherwise kept under strict control will be prosecuted.
Peter Samson, Estate Manager
The accounts of the Box Moor Trust for the year ended 30th September 2015 have been audited and are attached in PDF format (see below).