This June, the Westford community had the grand opening of the Maple Shade Forest. Residents and friends gathered to cut the ribbon, take their first walk on the land, and celebrate the protection of scenic stretch of farmland, forestland, and stone walls of the former Jackson Farm on Brookside Road. The Vermont Land Trust was proud to be a partner in the protection of this beloved place. Currently, there is a small trail loop to two beaver ponds; the town will be working on a broader management plan over the next year and looking for public input.

Here are more photos from the day!

people walking on forest trail at the new Westford Town Forest

kids explore beaver pond at Westford Town Forest

four people standing at Westford Town Forest Celebration