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.
Fixed term 12 month contract
Do you have:
- Knowledge of cattle and sheep handling and management?
- Knowledge of modern agricultural equipment?
- Sympathy with environmental issues?
- Experience working in public areas?
- The ability to work on your own and as part of a team?
- Awareness of health and safety requirements?
- The willingness to be flexible in the job?
You will have a key role in general estate work, including tractor driving, haymaking, sheep and suckler cow handling, woodland work and maintenance of the estate landscape and furniture.
A relevant qualification and experience are desirable and the successful candidate must have a clean driving licence. A current chain saw certificate would be an advantage.
Hours are 39 per week 8am-5pm (8am-4pm on Fridays), lunch 1-2pm, plus weekend rota one in three and some overtime available. Annual leave is 33 days including Bank Holidays.
Salary: c. £12,000-£15,000 p.a. depending on experience. Closing date: 22.08.14. Interviews week commencing 01.09.14. Application packs can be downloaded below.
Thursday 21st & 28th August, 10am - 2.30pm: Summer activity days for children aged 4-11. Old Barn, Westbrook Hay Drive, off London Road, HH. No need to book, just drop in.
21st August - "Brilliant Birds". Borrow some binoculars and go on our bird trail. Find out which birds live here and hear some bird song. See the swallow nests and have a go at making a nest of your own. Craft activities, games and story telling.
28th August - "Extraordinary Explorers". Come and learn some explorer skills or have a go at using a map and compass to find your way. Play some tracking games, follow a photo trail and make your own treasure map.
Friday 26th - Sunday 28th September: Circus Fantasia on Blackbirds Moor
Saturday 18th October: Wood, Wool & Food Festival on Blackbirds Moor
Sunday 19th October: Conker Festival on Blackbirds Moor
Fancy an adventure? If you enjoy exploring outside then you might like to try one of our Rucksack Walks.
What is it? A rucksack walk is a self guided walk with themed activities to do as you go. There are currently two themes to choose from:
~ Senses Walk ~ ~ Natural Art Trail ~
What's in the bag? In the rucksack there are 4 sets of activities to do, with instructions and the items you need to complete each activity. There is a map card with a suggested route and locations to do each activity. The rucksack has enough equipment for up to 6 people to do the activities together.
Where can I borrow one from? The rucksacks are available from the Box Moor Trust Centre on London Road. You will need to leave a small refundable cash deposit to borrow the bag of equipment.
Paws on the Moors: Saturday 12th July 2014
Our dog-themed event, "Paws on the Moors", was a great success and well-supported by the local community. With hay bale racing, an obstacle course and dog show, there were plenty of activities for owners and their dogs to get involved in. Maddy Wiles' "Lily" (pictured below) was Best in Show, and her prize was a large bag of dog food kindly donated by Barking Heads (UK Pet Foods). Reserve Best in Show was Lynn Talland's "Tommy". Other winners were: Stacey Morgan's "Fluke" (best puppy), Gareth Gartside's "Sandy" (best veteran), Liz Senior's "Coco" (fastest recall), Dave Roberts' "Shankley" (best condition) and Mustapha Jaeban's "Belle" (dog the judge would most like to take home).
Dog show judge Karen Tonge was kept busy all day as she also presented an activity to show children how to be safe around dogs, as well as presiding over the fun doggy obstacle course. The hay bale racing, run by Helen Wainwright of Benchbark dog training, was also very popular. Some dogs were naturals; others not so sure, but good fun was had by all.
The Trust would like to thank all those involved in making the event happen, particularly Karen Tonge, Helen Wainwright, Julie Shelton of Appledown, Dawn Rhoden and her team at DBC and all the Box Moor Trust volunteers who helped on the day. £260 was raised for Appledown Rescue & Rehoming Kennels.
The Trust is currently reviewing their rules in respect of dog walking, with the aim of making the green spaces an enjoyable experience for everyone, including dogs and their owners. To put forward your views, please click on the link to take part in an online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/boxmoortrustdogs
The accounts of the Box Moor Trust for the year ended 30th September 2013 have been audited and are attached in PDF format (see below).