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Essex County Greenbelt has a unique opportunity to “undevelop” a 2-acre parcel in Ipswich and reclaim the land for public access and enjoyment.
Currently, a “tear down” 1950s house sits on a 2-acre lot on Route 133 in Ipswich. A conservation buyer has provided an opportunity to acquire and remove the house. This will allow Greenbelt to expand a corridor of preserved land, open vistas to the natural environment and create an all-access trail to Castle Neck River Reservation, formerly known as Pony Express Farm. The fundraising challenge is $200,000.
Since 2011, Greenbelt has worked to protect nearly 900 acres of land in the area, much of which is visible from the site: the expanse of the Castle Neck River Reservation, white pines atop Willow Hill at the Donovan Reservation/Sagamore Hill Conservation Area and pastoral views across Maplecroft Farm.
By razing the house, Greenbelt can create parking and an all-access trail leading up a gentle slope to the top of a knoll, enabling all visitors, including those with physical limitations, to take in sweeping views, observe wildlife and enjoy nature.
Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 14 to learn about Greenbelt's project to reclaim land for public access to the new Castle Neck River Reservation in Ipswich, formerly the Pony Express Farm.
82 Eastern Avenue, Essex,
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.