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.
Wednesday 22nd April: Annual Public Meeting - meet Trustees and staff and hear about our work over the past year and plans for the year ahead. The formal part of the meeting will start at 7pm but the Centre will be open to visitors between 2pm and 4pm, so please feel free to drop in if you can't make the evening session. Venue: The Box Moor Trust Centre, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RE. Light refreshments will be available.
Saturday 13th June: "Paws on the Moors" - lots of fun for all the family, especially the four-legged members! Dog show, obstacle/rally course, hay bale dash, barbeque and trade/charity stands. Venue: Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead. Time: 11am - 3pm. Organised by The Box Moor Trust in association with Dacorum Borough Council, Appledown Rescue & Rehoming Kennels, Karen's in the Dog House, Benchbark and Van Hound. Vet on call on the day will be Vets4Pets. Canine photography courtesy of Shoot Me Studios. Watch this space for further details.
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July: Carter's Steam Fair - Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
Thursday 6th and Friday 14th August - summer activity days. Time: 10am-12.30pm. Details to be confirmed.
Gadespring Open Days: in addition to the above, our conservation volunteers will be hosting open days at Gadespring Cressbeds once a month on Sundays from May onwards. Further details in due course.
Rucksack Walks: 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 children's themed activities to do as you go. There are currently two themes to choose from: Senses Walk and 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 in London Road. You will need to leave a small refundable cash deposit to borrow the bag of equipment.
The Box Moor Trust has over 750 mature trees on the Moors in the Bulbourne and Gade valleys. Over the summer months expert tree surveyors have recorded their species, height and relative health and vigour.
The Trust has had a concern over recent years about the local ‘treescape’, especially with the worsening condition of the landmark horse chestnuts that are so well loved by local people. The trees are nationally under attack by a combination of Bleeding Canker, a fungal pathogen known as Phytophthora and the horse chestnut leaf miner moth. A number of the chestnut trees are evidently suffering and the Trust needs to plan for a future when sadly this type of tree will no longer be a feature of the local landscape.
Many of the trees on the Moors are, additionally, reaching the end of their natural lives and, although not in a dangerous condition, require some tree surgery to help prolong their lives and ensure that visitors are kept safe. In total, in the region of sixty trees across the Moors need some specialist work. The timber from the project will be used to either to fuel the biomass boiler at the Trust or use for habitat works around the Trust’s land.
For further information contact Ian Richardson at the Trust office, tel: 01442 253300.
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.