On April 15, 2021, Ausbon Sargent purchased a 9.4-acre property which abuts the recently-purchased Messer Farm property in New London. This additional acreage will provide great access to the Messer Farm and Forest area.
The property has a great scenic view of Ragged Mountain and Mt. Kearsarge, adds to the protection of wetlands and White Brook headwaters, and the protection of wildlife habitat.
With the land trust’s recent acquisition of the Two Brook Woods property (March, 2021) on the opposite side of the Messer Farm property, there is now the possibility for a trail to exist between Morgan Hill Road and Pleasant Street. The recreational possibilities in this part of New London are already anticipated by many, evident of the outpouring of support from over 350 donors who helped with this project. This property clearly accentuates and makes accessible, all the positives of the Messer Farm property.
One donor included a note with her donation saying “I envision generations of men, women and children enjoying hiking and snow shoeing, the smell of the woods and the view.” One couple added a note of thanks; excited about the thought of trails within walking distance of their home “As older adults, we are looking for easier trails to walk that are free from automobile traffic and closer to home. Our gift is small, but it is outsized by our appreciation of your work.”
Ausbon Sargent feels fortunate to have taken on this project, which will bring joy and recreational opportunity to a multi-generational population in our region.