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.
Would you like to play a part in an enduring local success story?
Local charity, The Box Moor Trust, is looking for residents to stand for election as Trustees. The Box Moor Trust has been caring for land held in trust for the community since 1594. The skills and backgrounds of its Trustees have evolved over time and the breadth of its work has developed with the changing patterns of farming, education and recreation.
On 21st October the Trust will be holding an election for at least four new Trustees. Trustees are people who care passionately about Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon and who recognise the vital contribution that the local landscape makes to the community's quality of life. The role of Trustee is interesting and rewarding, and one in which your knowledge and skills can help make a really positive contribution.
To stand for election as Trustee you must be over 18 and live in the Hemel Hempstead or Bovingdon area. The Trust positively welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and with disabilities, and is especially interested in hearing from individuals with experience in legal services, nature conservation, property surveying and development, farming, planning or income generation.
You would be responsible for planning the future work and direction of the charity. Trustees are not paid, but you can reclaim your expenses.
If you would like to consider standing for election we will send you an application pack, which you should return by 9th September.
Some additional information is available to download below, but if you have any further queries please feel free to contact:
Telephone: 01442 253300
Thursday 6th and Friday 14th August: summer activity days - Theme for 6th August is "Tales and Trails" (story trail, story telling, crafts and activities based on favourite stories). Theme for Friday 14th August is "Sense-sational Summer" (learn more about your five senses: sensory trail, sensory activities and crafts). Time: 10am-12.30pm. Venue: The Old Barn, off Westbrook Hay Drive, London Road, Hemel Hempstead. Activities are aimed at children aged 4 to 12. There is limited car parking at the Old Barn; alternatively you may park at the Box Moor Trust Centre on London Road, from where it is a short, pleasant walk to the barn. Please note that children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Families are welcome to stay for their own picnics afterwards. There is a suggested donation of £2.50 per child. No need to book, just drop in.
An exciting new project was launched in April at the Box Moor Trust’s annual public meeting.
“Bringing back the Bulbourne” is a partnership between the Trust, the Environment Agency and the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project that aims to restore the river to something of its former natural glory.
The River Bulbourne is a rare chalk stream and is listed internationally as a priority habitat for restoration.
Over the centuries it has been heavily modified for local industry, the building of the canal and to drain the adjacent fields. The project aims to restore the original narrow and winding course and provide a wider range of habitats for wildlife and make it a more attractive and tranquil place for walkers on the Moors.
The Environment Agency has grant aided the project and there will be lots of opportunities for local people and lovers of the Moors to be involved; helping with hands on conservation work, wildlife recording, researching local history and developing information materials.
The Moors will continue to be grazed as they have been for centuries but alternate sections of river bank are to be fenced so that the stock can be rotated from field to field, and the restored banks allowed to rest for parts of the year.
If you would like more information or to get involved contact Ian Richardson at the Trust on (01442) 253300.
Photo below: volunteers creating new habitats in the river with ‘woody debris’
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).