We would like as many people as possible to keep an eye out for Box in the Chilterns and report any findings to us. Some Box will have arisen naturally in the Chilterns, whilst other Box will have been planted. Parts of the Chilterns considered to be native locations for Box are on chalk slopes near Great Kimble in Buckinghamshire and Ivinghoe in Hertfordshire. Box is also a feature of Chilterns churchyards and historic country estates including West Wycombe and Cliveden.
Your reports will help us to refine and update information gathered by the Chilterns Box Woodland Project during 2013-2015. Such information helps owners and managers of Box trees and woods.
Box is an evergreen and so its glossy leaves are easy to spot in the autumn and winter when deciduous trees have lost their leaves. It has been seen growing to over 8 metres in the Chilterns which is unlike the clipped, low hedges that we are familiar with in gardens. Box puts on wood slowly, so the trunk of a centuries old Box tree can look very small compared to a similarly aged Oak tree, for example. English or native Box can be confused with several look a-likes, such as Privet, and numerous cultivars. We need to look out for diseases and pests including Box blight. Download Photos to help you identify box’ for more details.