Wintonbury

The Wintonbury Land Trust was founded in 1982 and continues a proud tradition of grass roots leadership in the effort to protect and conserve land and natural resources in its community.  The mission of the Land Trust is to promote the preservation, improvement, protection, and conservation of natural resources for the benefit of the community.  The Wintonbury Land Trust’s major goals are:  the protection of natural resources, especially soil and water quality and woodland health; the conservation of farms and undeveloped land, e.g. woodlands, wetlands, wildlife corridors, in Bloomfield and surrounding areas; the conservation of appropriate urban landscapes with respect to the community’s built environment;  and the connectivity with other community features (Greenways, wildlife corridors, trails, parks, and adjacent lands).

The vision of the Wintonbury Land Trust incorporates the following elements:  to increase protected land in area served; connect people with nature; increase visibility & influence of the Trust within the community; provide tighter stewardship and management of the lands under the Trust’s protection, leading to greater community benefit & use of those lands; and to increase communication at all levels – including the Trust’s Board, membership, and the general community – which fosters greater participation in all land trust activities.

The Wintonbury Land Trust is tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that holds over 200 acres principally in the Town of Bloomfield, as well as Windsor, West Hartford and Simsbury, Connecticut.  Our 17 distinct properties range in size from less than 1 acre up to 46 acres.   Visit our blog for property reports.

Events

  • Autumn Toast & Taste – November 13, 2016

    Gather with friends and neighbors 4:00-6:00 p.m. for custom-made drinks and appetizers locally-sourced partners working with us to save local farms: Greens Farms at Lisa Lane, HighlandArt Farm on our Hawk Hill site, and Newgate Farms which is bringing our Thrall parcel back into production. Toast their harvest with cocktails hand-crafted by Waypoint Spirits’ mixologists, and taste Autumn’s bounty with hors d’oeuvres prepared by Seabury’s chefs. Enjoy tours of Waypoint’s artisan distillery, a cash bar, and other local treats. Space is limited, so register by November 4. Registration Form.

  • Bike Tour October 1, 2016

    The Wintonbury Land Trust has canceled our scheduled Bike Tour on Saturday Oct 1. No rescheduling this year due entirely to weather. Look for us next year.

  • Bike Tour – October 1, 2016

    On Saturday, October 1 at 10 AM, WLT will once again host a bike tour open to members, guests, and riders of all abilities. The 18-mile gentle loop through northwest Bloomfield will feature land trust properties. An optional 20-miles route will pass by the Thrall Property in Windsor. The route will start and finish at the Rum Spring Pool parking field, located at 265 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield. Registration is $10. Please send checks to WLT P.O. Box 734 Bloomfield CT 06002 to register, or arrive at 9:30 AM on October 1. For more information, call Vic Herson at 860-242-2526. Rain date  Read More…

  • Lisa Lane Farm Harvest Celebration – September 24, 2016

    Please join us to celebrate all the improvements at Lisa Lane Farm on Saturday, September 24th from 1-3 PM. It will be an afternoon of games, demonstrations, trail walks and an opportunity to see the new community gardens. As in the past, we will have great raffle gifts, and there will be free ice cream and other treats for all ages. Thanks to the new greenhouse, there will be no need for a rain date—we will just move inside. For more information, or to volunteer to help with the event, email Vikki Reski at vikki.reski@comcast.net or Lois Hager at lois828@gmail.com.

  • Farmington River Cleanup – September 24, 2016

    The Farmington River Watershed Association’s River Cleanup and Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source-to-Sea Cleanup bring together volunteers throughout the watershed to maintain water quality, improve wildlife habitat, and sustain healthy recreation. On  Saturday, September 24 from 10-12pm, the Wintonbury Land Trust will host a local clean-up in Bloomfield’s Farmington River Park. Join friends and neighbors to help remove litter from the trails and riverbank. Long pants, long sleeves, and footwear for mud are recommended. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. A free picnic lunch will be available at the Farmington River Watershed Association in Simsbury. Please meet at 461 Tunxis Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002.  Read More…

  • Work Day at Lisa Lane Farm – September 10, 2016

    Please come help prepare the community gardens and trail on Saturday, September 10, 10 AM-1 PM for the Lisa Lane Harvest Celebration. We will be spreading mulch, trimming trees, shrubs and grass, marking trails and weeding garden aisles and beds, as well as doing some minor planting. You will need work clothing, including strong shoes and gloves. We will provide some equipment, but wheel barrows, loppers and hoes will be appreciated. If you haven’t been to the farm recently, you will get to see the changes in this town project firsthand and enjoy a few hours working with like-minded community boosters.  Read More…

Community News

  • Autumn Toast & Taste – November 13, 2016

    Gather with friends and neighbors 4:00-6:00 p.m. for custom-made drinks and appetizers locally-sourced partners working with us to save local farms: Greens Farms at Lisa Lane, HighlandArt Farm on our Hawk Hill site, and Newgate Farms which is bringing our Thrall parcel back into production. Toast their harvest with cocktails hand-crafted by Waypoint Spirits’ mixologists, and taste Autumn’s bounty with hors d’oeuvres prepared by Seabury’s chefs. Enjoy tours of Waypoint’s artisan distillery, a cash bar, and other local treats. Space is limited, so register by November 4. Registration Form.

  • January Work on Hawk Hill Barn – January 21, 2016

    Stabilization of the Hawk Hill barn is commencing! Ben Moore’s Home Improvement Co. has successfully squared up five bays of aged posts and beams, and is in the process of adding gusset plates to keep them firmly in place. Ben used a combination of “come-alongs” and power winches to pull on the barn frames over the last month to achieve a nearly plumb structure. Additionally, work has begun closing in wall openings to make the barn secure and weather resistant. The cattle now have access to the lower level through the south doorway, providing them with needed winter shelter from intense  Read More…

  • West Hartford to Host Community Forum on Gas Pipeline Project Proposal – October 7, 2015

    The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (TGP) has proposed a natural gas pipeline project cutting across WLT’s Speer Preserve and has an application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). We urge everyone to attend the community presentation on Wednesday, October 7th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at West Hartford Town Hall (50 South Main Street, West Hartford) on the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project at the request of the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC). The MDC has publicly expressed serious concerns that the widening of the pipeline on MDC reservoir lands could potentially impact drinking water quality for the approximately  Read More…

  • Hawk Hill Farm Update – September 8, 2015

    We are in the process of registering Hawk Hill barn, a 1870’s barn in the 45-acre farm, on the State Register of Historic Places. In addition, WLT had the opportunity to interview Russ Kelly, a descendant of the Hawk Hill Farm when it was owned by the Kelly family, about the history of the farm and barn.

  • Land Trust Officers – August 25, 2015

    Following the Annual Membership Meeting on June 8, 2015, the Board of Directors elected Officers during its July 8, 2015 meeting. Dale Bertoldi and Chip Caton will continue in the roles of President and Vice President, respectively. Paula Jones, who formerly served as Secretary will now serve as Treasurer, replacing Vikki Reski, who stepped down from the Board in June. Paula and Vikki are working together to ensure a smooth transition of the Treasurer’s duties. The Board is still seeking to fill the Secretary position.

  • Young Community Organic Oasis in Bloomfield – August 8, 2015

    At Lisa Lane Community Gardens, the garden season is in full swing. Dedicated neighbors are seen harvesting vegetables despite the weather and condition challenges. Since the first Gardeners Meeting held on June 17, Doris Johnson and Vikki Reski watered and harvested the plants installed by high school students. This season’s harvest was donated to social services and Foodshare. Henry Bell and Sten Casperson maintained the grass around the gardens. The Bloomfield Fire Department provided critical weekly water runs. The community built the gardens with the help of special partnerships that began back in February at the Leisure Services Office in Bloomfield. Construction  Read More…

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