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From January 2018 Edition | Boxmoor Direct

Boxmoor Trust

The Bulbourne project is hailed a success

On Wednesday 22nd November the Box Moor Trust was delighted to welcome Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, who came to visit and inspect the recent improvement work that has been carried out on the River Bulbourne. 
The ‘Bringing back the Bulbourne’ project has transformed a 1 kilometre stretch of the river from a straight, wide and silty channel into a meandering chalk stream, which is a globally-rare habitat. The project has been recognised nationally, with awards from both the Council for the Preservation of Rural England and the Wild Trout Trust.
Working alongside the Trust’s volunteers, Sir James took part in the monitoring of the dramatic increase in the number and diversity of fish and invertebrates resulting from the restoration work.  He was able at first hand to see not only the river improvements but also the newly completed ‘scrapes’ alongside the river, helping to return the moors to more of the character of ancient water meadows.
Sir James 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.”
The project was largely funded by the Environment Agency, in conjunction with the Trust.  It is one of five such schemes the EA is funding to restore and protect the world-renowned Chilterns chalk streams.
Box Moor Trustee Peter Ablett said, “This year’s improvements to habitats on the moors are really impressive, representing a splendid example of inter-agency cooperation.”
For further information, please contact the Box Moor Trust by email at: admin@boxmoortrust.org.uk or telephone: 01442 253300. 
Orange Walk leaflet update
In line with our ongoing update of all the walk routes, the Orange Walk leaflet has now been updated, and new way markers put up at strategic points to help guide walkers around the route.  Located at Westbrook Hay, Orange Walk is the shortest and easiest of our colour coded walks and is aimed specifically at those with impaired or limited mobility.  It encompasses the length of the boardwalk, which stretches from the car park in front of the Old Barn, continues through Hay Wood and emerges onto Preston Hill.  From there, the path wends its way across to the next field gate and through the wildflower meadow of Bovingdon Reach in a circular route, ending up back at the car park.  Total length of the walk is approx. 1¼km.
The leaflet can be downloaded from our website at www.boxmoortrust.org.uk . Alternatively, email your address to us at admin@boxmoortrust.org.uk or ring us on 01442 253300 for a printed copy to be sent to you.


The Box Moor Trust Centre, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RE
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