Coming up at Town Meeting: should the town purchase the Pell Tree Farm? I blogged about my walk through it a couple weeks back and the Community Preservation Committee held a public hearing on it the same week.
Now you can get actually get a look at the land that’s at center stage:
The public is invited on a guided tour of the Pell Farm in Grafton, Saturday, September 27 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Hosted by The Grafton Community Preservation Committee (CPC), the Grafton Land Trust (GLT) and The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the tour is intended to showcase the farm’s open space, recreation, and wildlife habitat significance. Representatives of the CPC, GLT, and TPL will lead an easy hike, provide information about the 150-acre property, and answer questions about the farm’s permanent conservation. On October 20, Town Meeting will consider a proposal to acquire and permanently protect the farm. Participants should meet on Soap Hill Road by the Warren Brook Conservation Area in Upton. Refreshments will be provided.
Recommended by Grafton’s CPC as an important open space and recreation project, The Town of Grafton has a one-time opportunity to permanently protect this important scenic and recreational resource. Ken Holberger, treasurer of Grafton’s CPC, said, “We are very excited to provide a property tour of the Pell Farm to the public. This conservation project typifies Grafton’s vision for opens-space and community preservation, and it is an integral piece for maintaining our historical New England and pastoral town character.”
The Pell Farm contains a diverse landscape of open fields, forests, and Christmas Trees with a network of trails connecting to the Great Meadow Conservation area and the Warren Brook Watershed Conservation Area in Upton. The property contains critical wildlife habitat and high quality surface waters, and it can readily support multiple recreation uses.
For more information about the tour or about Pell Farm, contact Darci Schofield at (617) 371-0514. The event will be held rain or shine.
Bring bug spray and wear long pants and good walking shoes!