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  alt



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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:

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Telephone: 01442 253300

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Download this file (Role of Trustees.pdf)Role of Trustees.pdf 26 Kb

Saturday, Sunday, Monday 29th-31st August: Flower Festival & Art Show -  There is a suggested donation of £2.50 per child.  No need to book, just drop in. - St Lawrence Church, Bovingdon.  Open Saturday and Monday 10.30am-5pm, Sunday 12 noon-5pm.  Concert Saturday 29th August 7.30pm.  Antiques valuation and auction Monday 2pm.  Free entry.  Coffee, teas, Pimms.

Monday 31st August: Friends of Bovingdon Green Dog Show - To be held on Bovingdon Green between 12 noon and 4pm.  Organised by the Friends of Bovingdon Green in association with Theravets, The Box Moor Trust and Hope Vets.  Fun competitions, agility display, trade and charity stands, canine photography.  Entries £1 per class - rosettes and goody bags for the winners.  Bar, barbeque, teas and cakes. 

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. Initially the scooter will be available on the third Thursday of each month (August to October) and must be pre booked via the office.  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 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 the benefit of local industry, the building of the canal and to drain the adjacent fields.  This new and exciting 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, interesting and tranquil place for walkers on the Moors.

An enthusiastic group of Box Moor Trust volunteers spent a day down by the river at the beginning of August to kick start the project.  Led by the Environment Agency’s Biodiversity Officer Nancy Young, the team worked hard to build a rough wood dam out into the water to deflect and speed up its flow.  These structures, built of ‘woody debris’ (large branches and smaller material), are nationally recognised as an excellent way of making the bankside habitat more valuable to wildlife and helping plants to grow in the river itself.

Later this year, further work will be taking place along selected sections of the river between Station Moor and Two Waters Road, some organised by volunteers and some requiring localised work by an excavator.  To learn more about the project, have a look at the small display on the outside of the Volunteer Centre in the Marlowes or follow the updates on the Trust’s website and Facebook pages.  There are lots of opportunities to be involved - if you are interested contact Ian Richardson at the Box Moor Trust (01442) 253300 for further details.


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).

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