Two more properties have been protected as part of the Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project, each continuing a legacy of stewardship and conservation.
On June 15th, the 21.75-acre Rawstron Woods, off Mentzer Avenue in Northborough, was protected by a conservation restriction (CR) purchased and held jointly by SVT and the Town of Northborough.
The Rawstrons moved their family to Northborough in the early sixties and immediately said to each other that the land surrounding them should never be developed. For several years they waited until it came up for sale and paid the asking price. The Rawstrons raised their children on the property and Ann Rawstron recalled teaching each of her eight children to ski on a small slope of the property.
The Rawstrons donated a CR over 62 of the property’s acres in 2002 and since then have been grateful to see three of their children and five of their grandchildren move close enough to enjoy the land regularly. With the Tri-Town Protection Project the Rawstrons have conserved much of the remaining land. The Rawstrons have also donated a perpetual trail easement, over all of their conserved land, to the Town of Northborough as part of this project. Trails will be constructed in the near future and will be accessible via the Green Street Conservation Land.
On June 23rd, the Town of Berlin purchased 23 acres of woodland on Crosby Road from the Mathews family in a less than fair market value sale. The Town then conveyed a CR to SVT on the property, which will be known as Morse Woods. The property is named after Marjorie Morse Mathews, whose family had owned the property for several generations. Mrs. Mathews, who passed away at the age of 87 in 2014, recalled fond memories of meeting cousins from far and wide at this mid-point for picnics. She was delighted at the opportunity to see the land permanently protected, and her sons fulfilled her wishes after her passing.