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.


  • Auerfarm Family Hike

    Sunday, June 5, 10:00 am to 11:30 am: Come and explore Connecticut’s newest state park at the Auerfarm State Park on a family hike through the apple orchards of Auerfarm. Meet at the historic Apple Barn off Auer Farm Road; park along the road. Auer Farm Road is off of Simsbury Road (Route 185). We will hike the Orchard Trail from the historic Apple Barn along Cider Hill Road to the High Orchard, where we’ll have great views of Hartford to the east and the Seven Sisters to the north. Hikers will descend from the orchard through farm fields to  Read More…

  • Highland Farm Hike

    The Highland Farm Hike on Saturday, June 4, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm will meet at the Oliver Filley House in LaSalette Park, 130 Mountain Ave. (across from Duncaster Retirement Community). The  hike will move through the agricultural fields at LaSalette Park and Hawk Hill and cross onto a recently preserved Land Trust property to view the resident (Scottish) Highland cattle and speak with the farmers. The Oliver Filley House located in Bloomfield’s LaSalette Park is a historic stone structure overlooking Mountain Road. Park at the house. From there hikers will proceed to the Wintonbury Land Trust’s Hawk Hill property  Read More…

  • Seabury Hike, June 3

    Family Hike at the Seabury Wildwoods Trails on June 3 at 6:00. Meet at the Wildwoods Trail Head/Visitor Parking in the rear of the Seabury Retirement Community. We will explore several of the Seabury Wildwood trails and finish at sunset with a view of the meadows. The total distance is 2.0 miles. The hike will have an easy pace. This event is jointly sponsored by the Seabury Trails Committee.

  • Annual Meeting, June 8, 7 PM-8:30 PM

    Wintonbury Land Trust’s Annual Meeting will be June 8th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, at picturesque Auerfarm in Bloomfield. Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education will present a one-hour program on four of their birds. After the program there will be a short business meeting, followed by refreshments. The general public is welcome to what promises to be a captivating evening.

  • Earth Day at Lisa Lane, April 22, Friday 10:00 to 4:00

    Come and spent time planting woody fruit bearing plants and on walking trail maintenance with the neighborhood. We will be rearranging some fencing and the compost bins to accommodate a new water service location. Come and see the community gardens. There are 26 raised beds in the neighborhood community garden. Come and help set up the rain barrels. Lisa Lane is a short town owned street off of Packard Street in Bloomfield near the eastern Windsor Town Line. Come prepared to work in the dirt with good boots and gloves. Wheel barrels, loppers and hoes are welcome. All skill levels  Read More…

  • Saturday, April 23rd at 9:30:

    Celebrate Earth Day Weekend with Wintonbury Land Trust (WLT) with a Hike at an upland forest in the Speer Preserve, Bloomfield. Meet at the cul-de-sac at the top of Juniper Road off route185, Bloomfield. Rain out date Sunday the 24st at 9:30, check the WLT website and/or facebook for notification or cancellation. Come prepared with good cheer and good hiking shoes. Wear seasonable clothing for this moderate level hike outing, one and a half to two hours in length. Please come early and be prepared to hike out shortly after 9:30. Past hikers have described the outing as a trip  Read More…

Community News

  • 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…

  • VanOtterloo Work Day Postponed

    This Saturday, March 28th, we have a Van Otterloo Work Day planned. “NOTICE: due to inclement weather tomorrow, the Van Otterloo work day will be moved to to April 4.” Please meet at 10 a.m. and park at Tikvoh Chadoshoh, located at 180 Still Road, Bloomfield. Come prepared to work by wearing long pants, long-sleeve shirts, work boots, and gloves. Tools such as loppers, hand saws and hand pruners are welcome, though the Land Trust will have extra tools if needed. The main task will be to remove wild bamboo from the property. After the hard work, meet the crew  Read More…

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