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!
The autumn colours are still showing well on Box Hill – but hurry! The wind and rain expected over the next few days might blow the remaining leaves off the trees (they’ll still provide a colourful carpet on the ground though).
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!
We 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.
NT 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!
We have been advised by National Trust that due to a BT telegraph pole needing to be replaced at the bottom of the Zig-Zag, the Zig-Zag road will be closed between Box Hill Centre and Old London road from 0930hrs to 1530hrs Wednesday 25th May.
The Friends Spring 2016 Newsletter is available by clicking here.