In a new initiative for the Box Moor Trust, Saturday 20th October saw the launch of the Wood, Wool & Food Festival - a real celebration of local produce on Blackbirds Moor! Visitors were able to sample some tasty local fare and see how materials such as wood and wool could be crafted into decorative and useful items. Sunnyside Rural Trust were promoting their delicious and healthy market garden produce and selling plants, Redbournbury Mill had bread made from their organic flour and Vitis Wines were selling their range of traditional fruit and country wines, meads and ciders. There were many other stalls and attractions, including sheep shearing and wood carving demonstrations and craft activities for children. Particularly popular were the Rushmere Alpacas and Silent the heavy horse. The day proved to be a great success and we certainly hope to build on that success for next year.
On the following day, Sunday 21st October, the annual Conker Festival took place between 12 noon and 3pm. Once again, Blackbirds Moor resonated to the thwack of conker upon conker as adults and children competed for the prestigious title of Conker Champion! Visitors were able to have a go at archery under the expert tutelage of the Berkhamsted Bowmen or try their hand at pottery courtesy of the Dacorum & Chiltern Potters Guild. The Jolly Jazzers provided the music and there were lots of charity and community stalls selling interesting stuff.
Winners were as follows -
Adult Conker Champion: Paul Stafford Junior Conker Champion: Amy Merrick
2012 Adult Conker Champion Paul Stafford (left) with Trust Chairman David Kirk