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Attleboro Land Trust
Helping to Protect Our Own Backyard
Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA

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The Attleboro Land Trust is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to keeping Attleboro green.

Lands under our protection as of June 29, 2017: 490 acres owned; 200 acres restricted; 690 acres total.

Join us! Support us!

Membership dues of $25 or donations in any amount may be made online to the Attleboro Land Trust at PayPal.


You don't need a PayPal account--
just a credit card.

  Other ways to get involved are by mail or email.  

Site Stewards Wanted

A site steward is a volunteer who "adopts" one of the Attleboro Land Trust nature preserves, individually or with a group, such as a group of neighbors, church group, youth group, or fraternal organization.

Duties of a site steward:

  • Walk the property on a regular basis
  • Pick up litter
  • Report vandalism
  • Help with routine trail maintenance
  • Assist with special projects

If you are interested, contact us.









Printable Schedule of Activties (PDF)

Description of Activities (PDF)

Printable Flier (PDF)



Help Us Care for Planet Earth!


On Saturday, April 21, the Attleboro Land Trust will hold a spring clean-up at some of its nature preserves in the city. Volunteers are invited to join in this effort. This event falls on the same weekend as Earth Day. Clean-up activities will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the following sites:


Coleman Reservation, on Steere Street


Larson Woodland, on Riverbank Road across from Willet School


Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve, on Richardson Avenue


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Progress Update: Richardson Nature Preserve



The Land Trust is currently in the midst of a four-pronged effort to make the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve ready for recreational use by visitors. The overall project, being managed by property management commitee co-chair Charlie Adler, consists of four sub-projects: construction of a parking lot, development of a loop trail with boardwalks, improvements to the exterior of the Barrows House, and restoration of the hay fields. A combination of volunteer turnout and the support of local businesses is making the work possible.

We are now in the vendor selection phase for construction of the parking lot. An initial 1 mile loop of trail has been cleared with the help from many volunteers. The boardwalks are in the process of being constructed by volunteers from Sensata Technologies, through the United Way Days of Caring Program.

Work has began on the Barrows House to protect the stucture from weather. This included replacement of decaying structure, weatherproofing, and painting. Areas within the properties expansive hayfield is being mowed regularly.

We once thought we would be ready for a Grand Opening this fall. We are now looking at next spring and will keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to visit the property at times when construction is not in progress. Just be aware that the trails are not yet marked or completed, and watch out for poison ivy.


A New Land Donation


In June, the Attleboro Land Trust received 36 acres of conservation land as a gift from Donald DesVergnes, Roger G. DesVergnes, and Marette & Sons, Inc. The land, to be named the DesVergnes Family Nature Preserve, is in two parcels located east of Lindsey Street. The larger of the two parcels (26 acres) has frontage on Lindsey Street and consists of undeveloped land between residential areas on Roadway A, Roadway B, and Colt's Way. The smaller parcel (10 acres) lies between a residential area on Kennedy Drive and the Mansfield line. A utility easement allows power lines to cross the parcel. Future plans for the property include walking trails on the larger parcel off Lindsey Street. We are grateful to the DesVergnes family for this generous gift, which brings the total acreage protected by the Attleboro Land Trust in the city to 690 acres (490 owned and 200 under conservation restrictions which we hold)..


Community Garden News


Photo and Article Submitted by Juliet Teixeira, Community Garden Coordinator


The Attleboro Area Community Garden continues to be a hidden gem in Attleboro. All 62 plots, including 8 accessible plots, were leased out by the Garden Opening Day in early April. On June 28th, over 30 giggling adults and children helped release 9,000 ladybugs into the Garden. The educational and fun event was sponsored and presented by Bloom Gardening for Good. Gardeners and their families and friends learned about good bugs and bad bugs ladybugs help keep the aphid population down.

Despite a late start to the growing season due to cool and wet weather during the spring, the Garden held Harvest Day events on July 29th and August 26th. On these days, gardeners gathered several boxes of fresh produce from their plots which were then donated to the nearby Hebron Food Pantry. Souza Family Farm in Rehoboth took part in the July Harvest Day and donated 2 bushels of summer squash.

The Community Garden is looking forward to a few enhancements over the next months. Garden committee members have been working with Eagle Scout candidate Cameron Griswold who is planning to build a rest area between the Garden and the 10-mile River. This will allow gardeners as well the general public to be able to sit and rest while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Cameron is also building a kiosk for the Community Garden to allow for posting of garden news and resources as well as information on local food pantries. Students at Attleboro High School are building a shed for the garden. The materials are being paid for by a grant the Garden received last year from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

The Community Garden is not only a place for gardeners who have plots to enjoy, area residents frequently walk through the garden with their families looking at what is being grown in each of the plots and looking for ideas for their home gardeners.


The Attleboro Community Garden was started in 1998 by a group of local citizens to promote harmony among people from different cultures and backgrounds. The garden has been supported by an ongoing partnership between the Attleboro Land Trust and the City of Attleboro.

Mobile Users:

Trail maps for our properties available here.

Tick Alert:

Follow recommended precautions to protect yourself from tick-born diseases.

Coming Events


Opening Celebration at Richardson Preserve
  Saturday, June 9, 10 am to 3 pm

Celebrating the opening of the Deboroah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve - 577B Wilmarth St., Attleboro - Activities include guided hikes, scavenger huntgs and geo-caching. More to be announced.

Can We Talk about Climate Change?
  Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Join in on the conversation about Climate Change! Presented by the Attleboro Area Sustain-Ability Group, this event will showcase a TEDTalk and brief video on Climate Change, followed by a discussion with special guest, Robert Rak, who is a member of the Environmental Science Department at Bristol Community College. Click here for information

Thank you to our supporters

The Attleboro Land Trust received an unprecedented amount of financial support in 2016. Listed below are donations of $250 or more, whether for our general fund or specifically for the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve. We thank everyone who contributed any amount large or small in support of our conservation mission. Donors whose contributions to the Richardson Preserve total $2500 or more will be recognized on a sign to be erected at the Preserve.

2016 Corporate, Foundation, and Public Support


      Commonwealth of Massachusetts


      Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation


      Bafflin Foundation


      Fields Pond Foundation, Inc.

      Roddy Holden Kintzel Charitable Fund

      Greenwood Emergency Vehicles


      Lewis & Sullivan, P.C.


      PEP Industries

      Sensata Technologies, Inc.


      Biogen Idec Foundation

      Briggs Garden and Home

      Marsh & McLennan Companies

      Murray Unitarian Universalist Church

      Reeves Company


      Gilmore Insurance

      Plymouth Rock Foundation


Individual Donors


      Thomas and Stephen Richardson


      Ted and Debby Leach


      John Carroll and Midge Gordon

      Bob and Pam Faulkner

      Don and Laura Ouellette


      James W. Duffy

      Tom and Anne Marie Enderby

      Fredric J. Hammerle

      Richard Harris

      Ray Larson

      Michael and Patricia Murphy

      Gretchen Reilly

      Hans Schaefer and Sarah Mott


      William and Donna Lewis

      Curt and Pat Ley

      Mimi and Hugh Mason

      Anne and Mike Newquist

      Charles and Rosalind Wyman


      Charlie Adler and Barbara Clark

      Denise Antaya and Clif Ennis

      Roy Belcher and Bertha Young

      Philip and Karen Boucher

      Jason and Leah Burby

      Laurel and Leigh Carlson

      Jason Case

      Nancy DiPadua

      Ruth Gower

      Gerry and Kathy Hickman

      Allen Knowles and Sally Cobb

      Garner and Marilyn LeStage

      Tim and Gloria McGinn

      Steven P. Reynolds

      David and Karen Scanlan

      Christopher Smith

      Betsy Whitfield

      Frank Wojciechowski


Local Links

Check out these links for more local green events and activities...

Attleboro Area Community Garden

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary



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