This property was donated to Joshua’s Trust by C & M Associates. It is a portion of a 270 acre subdivision and satisfies the open space requirements of the town of Ashford.
This preserve lies mostly in a narrow strip extending nearly .7m from Armitage Rd. to Bissonette Pond. Major features include the stream itself; approximately 7 acres of herbaceous/shrub wetland; a portion of a stand of unusually large black birch (Betula lenta); a former gravel pit 100 yards west of Armitage Road, sometimes with an active beaver (Castor canadensis) colony adjoining the brook; an old mill site plus a massive stone bridge abutment; a ravine shaded by mature hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis), and a variety of plant and animal resources which have been relatively undisturbed for years.
This preserve is part of the Fenton River Greenway, a tri-town effort to protect land on both sides of the Fenton, including it’s tributaries, their headwater streams, and water bodies.
About the Property
Location: Ashford, off Armitage Road. Parcel extends slightly into Willington.
Donors: This piece was given to the Trust by C&M Associates to meet the Ashford open space requirement of a subdivision.
Acres: 42 protected acres.
Preserved In: 1990
Stewards: John Barclay, Craig Smith, Ann Marie Starck