Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Day 22: Giddings Farm Easement

Working farm property in southeast Cheshire along Boulder Road; adjacent to Boulder Knoll Farm and part of Cheshire's east side greenbelt.

Size: 16.0 acres
Nearest Road: Boulder Road
Public Access: No
Acquisition: December 2003
Donors: Anne & Robert Giddings

In 2006, Anne and Bob Giddings completed the process of placing most of their farm acreage under a conservation easement in favor of the Cheshire Land Trust.  Among other local accomplishments, Anne Giddings was a former CLT Board Member.  A total of 16 acres are protected.

The property is located near Boulder Road in southeast Cheshire, in between the Town-owned Boulder Knoll Farm and the Cheshire-Wallingford town line.  The Giddings house and farm buildings (not part of the easement) lie between the conserved land and Boulder Road.

Much of the acreage is farm field. It also contains a wooded area through which a small stream flows down a secluded gorge.

The farm is still actively managed, and is strategically important in the CLT's goals of preserving Cheshire farms. In addition to tending to his own farm, Bob Giddings has become active in "Friends of Boulder Knoll", a group of concerned citizens interested in continuing farming on Boulder Knoll Farm. Together, Boulder Knoll and the Giddings' Farm are both part of a large, long range goal of a preserved east Cheshire greenbelt.

Much more about this property is on the CLT website’s Giddings Farm page. The Giddings Farm Easement is not open to the public.  There are periodic public events held on the next-door Boulder Knoll Farm. 

Do you live next to or near the Giddings Farm Easement?  Tell us about what you've seen on this land!  Please join the Cheshire Land Trust at www.cheshirelandtrust.org to help us protect and maintain this and other great open space properties around Cheshire.  

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