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. 

To find out more about nature sightings on Trust land, visit and (blogs by Dan Forder and Lucy Flower)

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.



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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.  Starts on Tuesday September 20th 2016.  Booking is essential; telephone 01442 253300 or complete and return the booking form (download below) to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Autumn term fully booked.

Sunday 25th September: 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. 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.

Friday 7th October: Autumn Arts & Music Festival, 7.30pm, St Mary's Church, High St, HH: An evening of popular classical works for violin, cello, organ and choir.  Tickets: £12, £10 (concessions).  Bookings:  Tel: 01442 268913 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    This event is supported by The Box Moor Trust.

Saturday 8th October: Autumn Arts & Music Festival, 11am-5.30pm, St Mary's Church, High St, HH: A free concert featuring a selection of the best local musical talent.  Arts & crafts fair with exhibitions, demonstrations, storytellers and much more. This event is supported by The Box Moor Trust

Saturday 15th October: Autumn Festival, 11am-3pm, Blackbirds Moor: A celebration of local produce and crafts, including carving demonstrations, rare breed meats, artisan breads, cakes and locally grown vegetables and plants, arts & crafts and jewellery, petting farm and children's activity tent. Refreshments available, including drinks from local breweries and vineyards, teas & coffees, burgers, soup & bread.  Free entry.

Sunday 16th October: Conker Festival, 12 noon-3pm, Blackbirds Moor: Annual conker tournament for juniors and adults, have-a-go archery, pottery and circus skills workshops and local charity and community organisation stalls, petting farm and children's activity tent.  Refreshments available, including drinks from local breweries and vineyards, teas & coffees, burgers, soup & bread.  Free entry.

Wednesday 26th October: Family Bat Walk, 6.30-8pm, Westbrook Hay: Meet at The Old Barn for a talk followed by a walk using bat detectors and finishing with a bat craft activity.  Booking essential - email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve places.  Suggested donation £2.50 per child.  

Saturday 10th December: Christmas in Hay Wood, 10am-1pm, The Old Barn, Westbrook Hay: Christmas themed crafts and activities.  No need to book - just turn up.  Suggested donation £2.50 per child.

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.

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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:

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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).

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Entry forms are now available for our photo competition to find images for our 2017 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: 'Countryside on Hemel's Doorstep'.  Closing date: Friday 12th August 2016.

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Photo competition winning images: 2016 calendar