With a rich history spanning four centuries, the Box Moor Trust is a self-supporting charity that manages nearly 500 acres of grazing and amenity land on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon on behalf of the local community. Predominantly open access, the land is free to visit and explore. The Trust plays host to three sports clubs and offers a variety of educational courses for local schools, youth groups and adult learners. It also runs a programme of community events, walks and talks, and has a thriving group of volunteers that help out with conservation and other tasks on the estate.
What does the Trust do?
As a registered charity, the team and the Box Moor Trust is proud of the many roles that the Trust plays in the local community. Here is a brief overview of the work that we do.
The estate team takes care of the many diverse habitats within the trust’s ownership, including woodland, chalk meadows and amenity land.
True to its origins of the protecting the grazing rights, the Trust continues to provide pasture for the local graziers, its own herd of rare breed Belted Galloway cattle and flock of Norfolk Horn Sheep. Please remember that horses and cattle can be curious about people, which can feel intimidating. Therefore, refrain from feeding or stroking livestock. Dogs should be kept on leads when entering fields with livestock. Please ensure you always clear up after your dogs.
Boxmoor Cricket Club, Hemel Hempstead Town Cricket Club and Hemel Hempstead(Camelot) Rugby Union Football Club all have current licences to play on our land.
Education We offer a variety of fantastic courses for schools,youth groups and adult learners which primarily take place in the great outdoors. We foster strong relationships with school within our locality and ensure that the sessions we provide link in with the National Curriculum.
Forest Schools have become an increasingly popular initiative, using the natural resources of the woodland to stimulate creative learning. Our qualified team of Forest School leaders run regular sessions for local schools through the academic year – and the kids love them!
The Box Moor Trust is proud to support RSPB Wildlife Explorers. Design for children with an interest in wildlife and nature, groups to cater for all ages meet once a month.
Trust Area of Benefit
Below is a map showing the Area of Benefit within which the Box Moor Trust operates. In short, the AoB covers the vast majority of Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon. Please click on the image for a full size version.