Sir James Bevan visits the River Bulbourne!

The Box Moor Trust were delighted last week to receive Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency. Sir James previously visited the Trust in December 2015 prior to the start of the Bringing Back the Bulbourne project, and has returned in order to see the work that has been carried out.

Sir James, the former High Commissioner of India, had this to say about the Bulbourne:

The transformation is remarkable. Before – as a result of historic alterations – the over-wide river was slow, silty and dead straight. Now, the crystal clear water flows over clean gravels. It’s green, lush and full of life. And it’s a brilliant example of a chalk stream.

During his visit, Sir James met with Box Moor Trust volunteers who have been integral to the Bulbourne project, as well two Box Moor Trust trustees, Chair of the Land and Estate Committee Peter Ablett, and Acting Chair of the Events, Profile and Arts Committee and lifetime trustee Dennis Furnell. The Environment Agency meanwhile was represented by Nancy Baume and Jack Herriot, who have both had key roles in the restoration of the river.

Pictured from Left to Right: Peter Ablett, Peter Samson, Dennis Furnell, Sir James Bevan,Peter Ainsworth, Nancy Baume, Jack Herriot. Photo by Elaine Rushton.