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

  • Snowshoe/Winter Hike – February 20, 2016

    It is time for the Wintonbury Land Trust winter snow-shoe/hike at the Speer Property. Please come early and be prepared to hike out shortly after 9:30. Past hikers have described the outing as a inexpensive trip to the Vermont woods. We will snowshoe if snow is available. If not come prepared with good hiking shoes. Wear seasonable clothing for this easy to moderate hike/snow-shoe outing, one and a half to two hours in length. Meet at the cul-de-sac at the top of Juniper Road in Bloomfield on Saturday, February 20th at 9:30. Rain out date Sunday the 21st at 9:30, check  Read More…

  • 3rd Annual Over-the-Hill Hike – October 24, 2015

    Enjoy the lovely fall foliage Saturday, October 24 on a hike from Bloomfield to Simsbury co-sponsored by the Wintonbury and Simsbury Land Trusts and Bloomfield Leisure Services. Along with the scenery, the hike will showcase several recent WLT and SLT acquisitions that provide town-to-town trail connectivity linking through Penwood State Park. The hike will start at 9:00 a.m. at the 1834 Oliver Filley House in LaSalette Park (on Mountain Avenue in Bloomfield). From there, we will walk through the Wintonbury Land Trust’s most recent acquisition, Hawk Hill Farm, and then on to Stout Family Fields, which abuts Penwood State Park. We will take a rest stop  Read More…

  • Save the Barn Tag Sale – September 19, 2015

    The Wintonbury Land Trust will hold a tag sale on Saturday, September 19th from 9-4 p.m. at approximately 22 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield (the recently purchased Hawk Hill Farm). Proceeds from the sale will go toward the restoration of the 1870’s barn which the Land Trust acquired when it bought Hawk Hill Farm this spring. The Land Trust raised nearly $650,000 in grants for the purchase of the 45-acre farm, but now must raise an additional $60,000 from the community to restore the barn. WLT has a farmer who needs the barn restored by December for her highland cattle. The rain date is Sunday,  Read More…

  • Barn Cleanup at Hawk Hill – September 12, 2015

    Join us on Saturday, September 12, 9:30-12 p.m. to clean up the Hawk Hill barn in preparation for our Save the Barn tag sale next week. Consider bringing brooms, shovels, and loppers. Wear long pants, work gloves, and sturdy footwear. Please meet us at Hawk Hill Farm approximately 22 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield. For more information, contact 860-243-1749. Photo credit: Dennis Hubbs

  • Moonlit Hike at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course – August 1, 2015

    Join the Town of Bloomfield and Wintonbury Land Trust for a 2-3 mile moonlit hike on August 1st at 8:30pm at the Bloomfield’s Wintonbury Hills Golf Course. Enjoy the golf course after dark for a unique moderate level hike on firm golf course paths that include wooden connecting bridges over various wetlands. Hike will be cancelled for heavy rain only. Please check the web site or facebook for cancellations, www.wintonburylandtrust.org. Additional information at 860-243-1749. Children to be at least 7 years old, hiking shoes are required, flashlights or headlamps not used on hike, bring drinking water and a jacket.

  • Community Gardens at Lisa Lane – April 15, 2015

    Lisa Lane Farms Update- 5 model beds have been prepared. On April 15th at 11:00 another construction round begins. Leisure Services will provide a lunch for volunteers. Dress for a day in the dirt; sturdy weather proof shoes, gloves and dress in layers. Stay alert for weather updates here. The farm is located at the end of Lisa Lane which is north of the intersection of Blue Hills Avenue and Packard. Other construction days will be April 18th and 25th.

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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