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!
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 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.
Sadly, 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 movement 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.
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!