Bothwell Farm Conservation Progress!
The Southbury Land Trust recently succeeded in closing on the purchase of the 31 acre Bothwell property located near the intersection of Reservoir Road and Old Woodbury Road in Southbury. While the conservation work continues, this is a milestone in SLT's ongoing effort to fully restore and protect this ecologically significant former dairy farm. This property is part of a growing greenbelt of preserved open space, linking Woodbury's 245 acre Trolley Bed Preserve and an existing Southbury Land Trust Preserve. The acquisition of this property will conserve significant wildlife habitat, headwater streams that feed an important watershed basin and once fully preserved, this land will provide a beautiful new nature sanctuary for all to enjoy. The property currently is closed to the public, but we hope to announce more news about potential Preserve opening dates and a celebration some time next spring/summer. This conservation effort is only made possible because of our partnership with the wonderful surrounding community. Donations to assist with the continuing preservation and stewardship of this future nature preserve are most welcome.
SLT Receives Grant For Parking Areas
at Phillips & Lovdal Preserves
The Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded the Southbury Land Trust $7,750 to improve and expand the parking areas at the Phillips Farm Preserve on Sanford Road and the Lovdal Farm Preserve on Hulls Hill Road. The grant award was recommended by the Southbury Community Trust Fund Grants Committee.
The SLT is very pleased to offer more access to the public in all weather conditions. The entrance way at Phillips Farm Preserve will have an area for approximately 12 vehicles and Lovdal Farm Preserve for 5 vehicles. Driveways and parking areas will be cleared of unsuitable materials, leveled and back filled with crushed stone. Both Preserves have seen an increase in use, particularly because of the 5K Course that was created in 2020. The work on these projects will begin in the spring of 2022.
Herbicides Used At Platt Farm Preserve
Please note that we have decided not to use Roundup® or any chemical product with Glyphosate as its active ingredient this season. Below are the links to the Safety Data Sheets of the herbicides used.