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

  • Fall Cider Social & Hikes – Saturday, November 4, 2017

    It’s time for a party! Members and guests are invited to an informal Fall Social at Hawk Hill Farm. From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. the Beanery Bistro will serve delicious apple and pumpkin doughnuts and sparkling and mulled ciders in the barn. Fire pits outside the barn will keep away the autumn chill (please email if you can loan another). We’ll have lawn chairs, or bring your favorite. Dress is stay-warm casual! Current members are free, and guests are $3 at the door (additional donations welcome). Beginning at 3:00 p.m. are two optional hikes starting from the barn – and returning in  Read More…

  • Over the Mountain Hike – October 28, 2017

    Enjoy an invigorating hike from Bloomfield to Simsbury co-sponsored by the Wintonbury and Simsbury Land Trusts and Bloomfield Leisure Services. Along with the scenery, the free hike will showcase WLT and SLT properties that provide town-to-town trail connectivity linking through Penwood State Park. For the approximately 5.5-mile hike, we’ll meet at 9:30 a.m. at the hike’s end point: the Drake Hill Road Flower Bridge in Simsbury. Bloomfield Leisure Services will provide a bus to shuttle hikers to the starting point, the 1834 Oliver Filley House in LaSalette Park on Mountain Avenue in Bloomfield. From there, we’ll ascend to Penwood through WLT’s Hawk Hill Farm,  Read More…

  • Farmington River Cleanup – September 23, 2017

    Join us in helping cleanup the scenic Farmington River and discover the beauty of Bloomfield’s little-known Farmington River Park on Tunxis Avenue Extension from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friends and neighbors of all ages will remove litter from the trails and riverbank. RSVP with Aimee Petras at apetras@frwa.org or call 860-658-4442 x0. 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. The cleanup is part of the Farmington River Watershed Association’s River Cleanup and Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source-to-Sea  Read More…

  • Sam Ducharme Talk & Hike – September 17, 2017

    Lifelong Connecticut resident Sam Ducharme will share his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail during a free “Spotlight Sunday” talk at Bloomfield’s Prosser Public Library 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., followed by an optional hike 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. with the Wintonbury Land Trust to another national scenic trail that passes right through Bloomfield! Last year Sam spent six months backpacking along the Appalachian Trail, which stretches 2,180 miles through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. His images and stories of the mountains, wildlife, trail towns, remote backcountry, and challenges of cooking and camping through three seasons will renew your awe of  Read More…

  • 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…

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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