Manchester Land Conservation Trust’s Botti Farm and Bush Hill Preserve - A Labor of Love and Community
The Manchester Land Conservation Trust had much to celebrate at the Botti Farm at Bush Hill Preserve on July 14. In addition to a new pavilion, the Land Trust also rejoiced in the payoff of its mortgage on the farm! The 14’ x 16’ open-air pavilion, furnished with two work/study tables and benches, is available for picnicking, reading, and programs for children and families. Funding for the pavilion was provided by the Savings Bank of Manchester Charitable Foundation, UNICO grants and private donations. Seven companies generously contributed time or materials to the project and nearly a dozen volunteers helped out at variously stages of construction. The land trust is looking forward to creating nature study programs along with a youth reading program through the Mary Cheney Library. A bit of landscaping will put the finishing touches on a very successful project.
The land trust used this opportunity to also thank all the donors who brought about the purchase of the 62-acre farm, including: the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program, funded by the Community Investment Act), the Town of Manchester, the Bafflin Foundation, the Manchester Road Race Committee, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Cruisin’ On Main, the Manchester Lions Club, as well hundreds of Land Trust members and supporters, including 190 individuals, two garden clubs, a church, fraternal organizations, and conservationists who read about the mortgage in the newspaper and sent in a check!
The celebration and the preserve were described by Susan Barlow of the Land Trust as "a labor of love and community"!
More about the Land Trust and its mission to preserve open space for the public: www.manchesterlandtrust.org.