Trust wants people to become friends today

Music on the Moor event. Question Time on the Box Moor Trust for the HeraldExpress.
Music on the Moor event. Question Time on the Box Moor Trust for the HeraldExpress.

What is the name of the organisation?

The Box Moor Trust

What are your main aims and objectives?

Our main aims are to look after the Trust’s estate for the enjoyment of local people and to conserve its wildlife, recreational and landscape value.

We also provide opportunities for lifelong learning, a range of events large and small, and support local groups each year with our small grants scheme.

Where do you meet and how often?

The majority of the members work for the Box Moor Trust so they meet regularly and usually every day.

We have lots of volunteer opportunities, both during the week and at weekends. Volunteers are regularly required to help in the office, with groups of adults or children, on conservation tasks or at our events.

Our trustees are all volunteers and they meet at least once a month for various committees. We also arrange regular social events for our volunteers.

What sort of people are your members?

We have volunteers of all ages; some come for work experience, others are retired and some just want to do something different from the day job.

They all love the trust’s open spaces and the tasks.

If someone was considering membership what would you say to convince them to sign up?

We would love to hear from you, we are always looking to expand especially within our volunteer base.

Whatever time you have is useful to us.

There are many different opportunities available whilst working with the trust such as conservation and involvement in our education programmes.

Everyone interested in volunteering for the trust is invited to attend one of our monthly Meeting Points to find out more about the trust and the current opportunities for volunteering. Contact the Box Moor Trust’s Community and Learning Officer for details of the next meeting.

Please give us an idea of your activities in the last six months?

We recently organised Music on the Moor which was held this month and we were delighted with the turnout. We will be holding a Conker Festival on Blackbirds Moor on October 16 and this month (July) we are running a series of activities for children, with their parents, at the Old Barn, Westbrook Hay.

During term time we have schools visiting the trust land for various courses and we run Forest School sessions with local schools. Our Estate team are always busy keeping the land in good shape and looking after the livestock.

What sort of costs are involved in membership?

Nothing and we think you will enjoy yourself a lot, learn new things and meet new people. You will be contributing to over 400 years of work on behalf of the local community.

You might also like to consider becoming a Friend of the Trust.

More information on membership can be found on the friends page on our website.

Are you part of a national organisation or affiliated to a bigger group?

No, The Box Moor Trust is a small, local organisation.

Does your club have a website that people can visit for more information?

www.boxmoortrust.org.uk. We also have a twitter account, which you can find at http://twitter.com/#!/BoxMoorTrust

If someone would like to join, who should they contact?

They should contact admin@boxmoortrust.org.uk through our website, or they should call 01442 253300.