Gadespring Open Day
On the last Sunday of the month the Gadespring Cressbeds site is opened by a dedicated group of Box Moor Trust Volunteers. The Cressbeds, as the name suggests, are the site of a former Cress farm, an industry that was hugely popular in this part of the country, to the extent that in the post war period, Hemel Hempstead produced one sixteenth of the nations supply of water cress.
Since the Trust purchased the land in 2011, we have be working to manage the site sympathetically for the benefit of wildlife and visitors with the goal of creating a new local nature reserve for Hemel Hempstead. As the site is still very much a work in progress, it is usually closed to the general public due to health and safety issues. However the doors are opened for the monthly open days, which often feature guided walks and bird watching sessions as well as information about the history and the future of site.
Photos courtesy of David and Liz Warriner.