At our last AGM Simon Ward, Field Studies Council London Region manager, gave a talk on the work of FSC at Juniper Hall. He concluded with a plug for a local event in support of FSC which we are happy to pass on to all those interested.
National Trust have advised that the Zig Zag will be closed from 9.30am to 3.30 on 21st February for tree works and verge cutting.
Over 65 people attended the FOBH AGM on Saturday. The Chairman and Treasurer’s reports were presented and accepted and the current committee was re-elected en bloc. The Chairman mentioned in her report that whilst in Stratford upon Avon she had visited New Place, Shakespeare’s home for many years, and was amazed at the bronze sculpture of Box Hill’s well known Hawthorn tree which is sadly no more on Box Hill but lives on in spirit at New Place.
Reports were then presented by the NT Lead Ranger, Mark Dawson, the Box Hill Ranger, David Benjamins, and the Box Hill Education Officer, Catherine McCusker.
At the end of the AGM the Friends were asked to approve giving life membership of the Friends to David Kennington, NT General Manager for the Surrey Hills, who is about to retire and has been a strong supporter of FOBH during his long career at NT. Approval was unanimous. The Chairman said that a full appreciation of David’s contribution to Box Hill would be made at the FOBH Summer BBQ in June.
Following a short break for the traditional tea and cakes the Head of the Field Studies Council London Region, Simon Ward, gave an excellent presentation of the work of the FSC and how it has grown over their 70 years at Juniper Hall. He pointed out how the landscape, flora and fauna, and location of Box Hill made it an extremely popular location for FSC visitors from around the world.
This is to remind you that our AGM will take place this Saturday, 4th February, at 2.30pm at Juniper Hall, Mickleham.
The AGM will be followed by what should be a very interesting talk from Simon Ward, Head of FSC London Region. As this is the 70th Anniversary of the Field Studies Council being at Juniper Hall, Simon will talk about how Juniper Hall has developed over the last 70 years, what Juniper Hall currently does, the challenges for outdoor education in the future and how the special location, including the spectacular biodiversity and geographical features of Box Hill, attracts learners from all over the world.
If you haven’t already let us know that you are coming it would be helpful if you could contact Lyn Richards by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can estimate numbers for tea and cake (£2 per person) and room layout. Guests are welcome.
Work is progressing fast on restoring the riverside walk, now that NT has regained control of Lower Boxhill Farm. A fence has already been installed about 10 metres in from the riverbank which will allow visitors to walk beside the river whilst protecting the grazing cattle and wildlife that will be in the adjacent fields. Work is currently progressing on digging a large scrape which will be fed from the river and hopefully become an attractive wetlands area for birds and other wildlife. Three Little Egrets and several Grey Herons have already been seen showing a keen interest! The scrape should also help alleviate the flooding that occurs in this area every winter during periods of heavy rain.
NT are expecting this work to be completed and the riverside walk to be officially re-opened early in the New Year.
Friends and their guests attended a talk and dinner at the Burford Bridge Hotel on Monday, 21st November. Catherine McCusker, the NT Learning and Events Officer, gave a very entertaining talk on what makes Box Hill so special and this was followed by a three-course meal. The Burford Bridge Hotel very generously gave us the use of the magnificent Tithe Barn for the talk and then laid on a superb meal in the Garden Room. The event was extremely popular with over 50 people attending and everyone had a great time and several asking for more events of this type!
Due to essential repairs to the Zig-Zag road being carried out by Sutton & East Surrey Water, the Zig –Zag road will be closed for the week commencing 28th November for 1 week, 0900hrs-1700hrs, except on Thursday when it will remain closed until midnight.
Autumn is here and Box Hill is looking stunning in its Autumn colours. Come up and enjoy the walks and the views whilst the trees are at their best. The Friends Autumn newletter is also available and full of information on what’s been going on on the Hill, as well as lots of lovely photographs. Click here to read it.
Friends may remember that some time ago a mould was taken of the Hawthorn on Butterfly Bend. Well, you can see from the photo and article what became of it. It is a nice memento to this lovely tree which subsequently came down in strong winds and was then driven into by a car that missed the bend completely!