The Attleboro Land Trust is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to keeping Attleboro green.
Site Stewards Wanted
A site steward is a volunteer who "adopts" one of the Attleboro Land Trust nature preserves, individually or with a group, such as a group of neighbors, church group, youth group, or fraternal organization.
Duties of a site steward:
If you are interested, contact us.
Annual Meeting Announcement
The Attleboro Land Trust will hold it's 27th Annual Meeting on October 17th, at the Attleboro Art Museum. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Betsey Dyer, a professor of Biology at Wheaton College in Norton.
Part of Prof Dyer's talk will help the audience appreciate the Land Trust's role in maintaining biodiveristy, explaining how our holdings contribute greatly to the overall ecological health of our region and the world.
Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.
Progress Update: Richardson Nature Preserve
The Land Trust is currently in the midst of a four-pronged effort to make the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve ready for recreational use by visitors. The overall project, being managed by property management commitee co-chair Charlie Adler, consists of four sub-projects: construction of a parking lot, development of a loop trail with boardwalks, improvements to the exterior of the Barrows House, and restoration of the hay fields. A combination of volunteer turnout and the support of local businesses is making the work possible.
We are now in the vendor selection phase for construction of the parking lot. An initial 1 mile loop of trail has been cleared with the help from many volunteers. The boardwalks are in the process of being constructed by volunteers from Sensata Technologies, through the United Way Days of Caring Program.
Work has began on the Barrows House to protect the stucture from weather. This included replacement of decaying structure, weatherproofing, and painting. Areas within the properties expansive hayfield is being mowed regularly.
We once thought we would be ready for a Grand Opening this fall. We are now looking at next spring and will keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to visit the property at times when construction is not in progress. Just be aware that the trails are not yet marked or completed, and watch out for poison ivy.
A New Land Donation
In June, the Attleboro Land Trust received 36 acres of conservation land as a gift from Donald DesVergnes, Roger G. DesVergnes, and Marette & Sons, Inc. The land, to be named the DesVergnes Family Nature Preserve, is in two parcels located east of Lindsey Street. The larger of the two parcels (26 acres) has frontage on Lindsey Street and consists of undeveloped land between residential areas on Roadway A, Roadway B, and Colt's Way. The smaller parcel (10 acres) lies between a residential area on Kennedy Drive and the Mansfield line. A utility easement allows power lines to cross the parcel. Future plans for the property include walking trails on the larger parcel off Lindsey Street. We are grateful to the DesVergnes family for this generous gift, which brings the total acreage protected by the Attleboro Land Trust in the city to 690 acres (490 owned and 200 under conservation restrictions which we hold)..
Community Garden News
Photo and Article Submitted by Juliet Teixeira, Community Garden Coordinator
The Attleboro Area Community Garden continues to be a hidden gem in Attleboro. All 62 plots, including 8 accessible plots, were leased out by the Garden Opening Day in early April. On June 28th, over 30 giggling adults and children helped release 9,000 ladybugs into the Garden. The educational and fun event was sponsored and presented by Bloom Gardening for Good. Gardeners and their families and friends learned about good bugs and bad bugs – ladybugs help keep the aphid population down.
Despite a late start to the growing season due to cool and wet weather during the spring, the Garden held Harvest Day events on July 29th and August 26th. On these days, gardeners gathered several boxes of fresh produce from their plots which were then donated to the nearby Hebron Food Pantry. Souza Family Farm in Rehoboth took part in the July Harvest Day and donated 2 bushels of summer squash.
The Community Garden is looking forward to a few enhancements over the next months. Garden committee members have been working with Eagle Scout candidate Cameron Griswold who is planning to build a rest area between the Garden and the 10-mile River. This will allow gardeners as well the general public to be able to sit and rest while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Cameron is also building a kiosk for the Community Garden to allow for posting of garden news and resources as well as information on local food pantries. Students at Attleboro High School are building a shed for the garden. The materials are being paid for by a grant the Garden received last year from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
The Community Garden is not only a place for gardeners who have plots to enjoy, area residents frequently walk through the garden with their families looking at what is being grown in each of the plots and looking for ideas for their home gardeners.
The Attleboro Community Garden was started in 1998 by a group of local citizens to promote harmony among people from different cultures and backgrounds. The garden has been supported by an ongoing partnership between the Attleboro Land Trust and the City of Attleboro.
Thank you to our supporters
The Attleboro Land Trust received an unprecedented amount of financial support in 2016. Listed below are donations of $250 or more, whether for our general fund or specifically for the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve. We thank everyone who contributed any amount large or small in support of our conservation mission. Donors whose contributions to the Richardson Preserve total $2500 or more will be recognized on a sign to be erected at the Preserve.
2016 Corporate, Foundation, and Public Support
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation
Fields Pond Foundation, Inc.
Roddy Holden Kintzel Charitable Fund
Greenwood Emergency Vehicles
Lewis & Sullivan, P.C.
Sensata Technologies, Inc.
Biogen Idec Foundation
Briggs Garden and Home
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
Plymouth Rock Foundation
Thomas and Stephen Richardson
Ted and Debby Leach
John Carroll and Midge Gordon
Bob and Pam Faulkner
Don and Laura Ouellette
James W. Duffy
Tom and Anne Marie Enderby
Fredric J. Hammerle
Michael and Patricia Murphy
Hans Schaefer and Sarah Mott
William and Donna Lewis
Curt and Pat Ley
Mimi and Hugh Mason
Anne and Mike Newquist
Charles and Rosalind Wyman
Charlie Adler and Barbara Clark
Denise Antaya and Clif Ennis
Roy Belcher and Bertha Young
Philip and Karen Boucher
Jason and Leah Burby
Laurel and Leigh Carlson
Gerry and Kathy Hickman
Allen Knowles and Sally Cobb
Garner and Marilyn LeStage
Tim and Gloria McGinn
Steven P. Reynolds
David and Karen Scanlan
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