Discovery Zone updates

Photo for websiteWe have started updating the Discovery Zone, in the NT cafe at the Box Hill centre.  The first update has been to the main interactive display with a selection of different videos and a new method of choosing which to view.

Later updates are looking to install a new display with a touchscreen and to also replace the small screen.  We are making the displays much easier to update and include a more dynamic range of short videos showcasing Box Hill throughout the seasons.  Keep checking whenever you visit Box Hill.

New cow arrives on Box Hill

BoxhildaNT have received a cow, Boxhilda, on Box Hill that has been sponsored and painted by Box Hill School. It’s part of the Surrey Hills Cow Parade art installation, see the link below.

NT are expecting the cow to be in position for at least a month, possibly longer. Others may even join the herd. If it goes to pastures new due to unauthorised “shepherding”, so be it. NT are merely hosting the animal and take no responsibility for its welfare.  Please look after her if you see her and send us any photos if you take a selfie!



All Change at Broadwood’s Folly

TowerSadly, the NT were recently forced to remove the holm oak that has been growing inside the flint tower known as Broadwood’s Folly at Box Hill.  The tree has been looking decidedly ill for the last year or so and was having a detrimental effect on the stability of the Tower.  See the full explanation of the decision on the NT website.

The work was carried out by tree surgeons who used a “cherry picker” to access the Tower from the top.  Branches were carefully lopped off to avoid too much sudden movemeTower-2nt of the tree which was actually resting on the Tower at the top causing a large crack and severe crumbling of the mortar.  Once the top branches were gone the tree surgeon climbed onto the trunk inside the tower to lower the crown, leaving the majority of the trunk in place.  Hopefully it can be incorporated in whatever restoration work NT decide on for the future of the Tower.

Once the work was complete, the Friends’ Chairman, Lyn Richards, was offered the opportunity to go up in the cherry picker to see the result of the work from the top, and also admire the even more magnificent views of Box Hill from well above the Tower.




Zig Zag and Car Park work

Please note that the Zig Zag Road will be closed from 11th to 15th January from 8.00 am and 6.00 pm so that the National Trust can undertake the reinstatement of the roadside verges. The Car park and Servery will be able to be accessible from one side or the other during this period except on Wednesday 13 Jan which will be NT’s official annual Road Closed Day when the Zig Zag Road will be closed to all unauthorised traffic for 24 hours.

Parking may be limited through January and February as works to improve the car park will be undertaken.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best wishes
Lyn Richards

Merry Christmas


A festive Christmas wreath making workshop for Friends was held at Warren Farm Barns, led by NT ranger Amanda McCormick.  Everyone went away pleased with their wreath and full of Christmas cheer (helped by an excellent lunch and some very welcome mulled wine and mince pies).

October Conservation

P1000358The Belties are back!  Autumn has arrived on Box Hill and the cattle have returned to take over the grassland conservation work.  Look out for them in the Zig Zag valley (14 of them) and Lower Viewpoint (just 6).  Not that this means the Box Hill NT volunteers can now take it easy as there is still plenty of work to do.  The Belties are just a little fussy over what they eat so the volunteers have been tasked with getting rid of the nasty prickly hawthorn and other scrub that the cattle won’t touch before they move into their new areas.  Scrub clearance work has already been finished on the slopes above the old Military Road (bearing in mind that the objective is to thin it out not completely remove it) and work has started on Dukes.  It’s all a balance between clearance and leaving enough for the invertebrates to have shelter over winter.