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.|
Nature Tots: from September 2016 - For children aged 18 months - 4 years and their parents/carers. Join us for an outdoor adventure on the third Tuesday of the month at The Old Barn, Westbrook Hay (term time only). Times: 10-11.30am or 1.30-3pm. Cost: £1.20 per child, per session, payable termly in advance. Starts on Tuesday January 17th 2016. Waiting list for Spring term - telephone 01442 253300 to register your interest.
Sunday 29th January: Gadespring Cress Beds Open Day, 11am-2pm: A chance to visit and explore this fascinating former watercress farm and learn more about its history. Come and meet our conservation volunteers for a guided tour, see what has been achieved on the site so far and find out about plans for its future. There is plenty of interest for youngsters, too: view samples of creatures found in the water, wade through the channels (bring your wellies!) and complete our fun quiz. Special children's activity for this month: make a bird feeder to take home. No need to book - just come along. There is no charge for this event. Gadespring is located in Old Fishery Lane, HH. NB: Please note that there is no parking at this site.
Bird hide at Gadespring Cressbeds: alternate Tuesdays, 10.30am-2pm - Access to our bird hide overlooking the scrape is available every other Tuesday. Call 01442 253300 to check dates.
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. The scooter is available on Monday mornings (April to October) and must be pre booked via the office. (Other weekdays may be accommodated if Mondays are not convenient - please enquire). 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 next phase of the Bulbourne restoration project will be getting underway early in the New Year. The purpose of the project is to restore a 1000 metre stretch of the river between Fishery Road and Two Waters Road. The river in this location contributes significantly to the character of the area, and is well-visited and appreciated by the community. However, it has been heavily modified in the past. It is over-wide and lacking in features characteristic of a chalk stream. Under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, the Bulbourne is listed as a priority habitat for restoration.
The work comprises:
- Re-grading the banks to narrow the channel, create more sinuosity and create a shallower bank profile;
- Installation of woody habitat features to help improve habitat and flow diversity;
- Stabilisation and narrowing of river crossing points;
- Reconnecting the floodplain and creation of floodplain scrapes (aka seasonal ponds);
- Bed raising where the channel has been over-deepened;
- Installation of fencing.
The accounts of the Box Moor Trust for the year ended 30th September 2015 have been audited and are attached in PDF format (see below).
Entry forms are now available for our photo competition to find images for our 2018 calendar. Please click on the link below for full details and a form. Entry is free and there will be cash prizes for all photographs selected for the calendar, with first prize being £100. All photos must be taken on, or from, Box Moor Trust land. The theme is: 'The Box Moor Trust: A Living Landscape'. Closing date: Friday 11th August 2017.