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

  • Connecticut Trails Weekend Hikes – June 3 & 4, 2017

    On the weekend of June 3-4, Connecticut is set to host the largest Trails Day celebration in the nation with over 200 free events scheduled statewide. The Wintonbury Land Trust and its partners invite you to explore Bloomfield at our three local hikes: Farmington River Park, Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (map)  Explore a scenic route along the Farmington River from Bloomfield to Windsor. Return along an inland path through the remains of glacial Lake Hitchcock, a strange “moonscape” in the heart of Connecticut. Rated easy (mostly level, few obstacles). Leashed dogs welcome. Rain date Sunday, 9:30 a.m.  Read More…

  • Annual Meeting & Animal Presentation – June 21, 2017

    Mark your calendars for our upcoming Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 21st, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Join us at the picturesque 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm for our meeting, refreshments, and a live animal program by Adam Harris. Living with Reptiles and Amphibians both Native and Exotic. Land Trust members and the public are invited to attend either or both parts of this evening. We extend a special invitation to families to bring your kids so they may learn more about these fascinating creatures and see them alive and up close! There will be a short business meeting beginning at  Read More…

  • Wine & Dine Fundraiser – April 29, 2017 (Register by April 25)

    We’re planning delicious dinner party menus. We’ve had fun selecting the wines. Great local restaurants and cooks are donating appetizers and desserts. Live jazz and an “informal chic” dress code will set the mood. And a growing list of door prizes will add to the fun. Now we just need … you! Please join the Wintonbury Land Trust for an evening of toasts, good cheer, and gourmet delights at our annual Wine & Dine dinner: 5:00 – 6:00: Meet and Greet at the picturesque Wintonbury Hills Golf course for tasty appetizers, a glass of wine, and friendly conversation. (You don’t drink  Read More…

  • Earth Day: Come Hike with Us – April 22, 2017

    Celebrate Earth Day with the Wintonbury Land Trust by exploring Bloomfield’s western ridge line on Saturday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m. Perfect for individuals, families, and leashed dogs looking for a nice hike. There will be great views from the ridgeline and an opportunity learn more about the Land Trust from board members. The hike will begin and end in the parking lot of the Town of Bloomfield’s Wilcox Park (71 Hoskins Road, Bloomfield). We’ll walk through the park’s meadow and trails to access the Metacomet Trail, part of the New England National Scenic Trail. This  Read More…

  • Speer Outdoor Winter Outing, February 11th

    Shoe shoe or Hike Outing. Meet at the cul-de-sac at the top of Juniper Road in Bloomfield on Saturday, February 20th at 9:30. Rain date is Sunday the 12th at 9:30. Check website and facebook for postings or cancelation at https://www.facebook.com/pg/wintonburylandtrust.

  • 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. Double click title to see Registration Form.

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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Wintonbury Land Trust on Facebook

    Find us on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/wintonburylandtrust

  • Call for Stewards! If you enjoy hiking and are good with a GPS you are a great candidate for our stewardship program.

    Call for Stewards!  If you enjoy hiking and are good with a GPS you are a great candidate for our stewardship program.  The Wintonbury Land Trust is accepting stewards to monitor and walk properties.  To learn more about the program contact Vikki Reski at info@wintonburylandtrust.org.

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