Branford Volunteer Cleans up Nature’s Garden.

Branford Nature's Garden before Clean-up

Nature’s Garden before Clean-up

Our thanks go to Branford volunteer, Jamie Dean, for cleaning up Nature’s Garden!

In Branford, there is an area known as Nature’s Garden that is adjacent to the Shoreline Greenway Trail between Pine Orchard Road and Birch Road.  This outdoor environmental study habitat was organized by dozens of volunteers, and aided by donations from Branford businesses, in 1997.  Since then, it has fallen into disrepair.

Enter Jamie Dean, a local landscaper who volunteered his skills, his equipment, and many hours of his time to start the process of reclaiming this wonderful asset to Branford’s school system.

Branford Nature's Garden After Clean-up

Nature’s Garden After Clean-up

The before and after photos tell the whole story.  Jamie rescued native trees and shrubs, originally planted to illustrate tree fruits and berries that feed birds in the autumn, from the invasive species that were killing them, such as multiflora roses.  He also reclaimed a nearby area next to the trail.

The Shoreline Greenway Trail hopes to restore this valuable educational resource as a National Wildlife Habitat,  so that it will be available for Branford’s schoolchildren.  Thank you, Jamie!

Walking Along the Trolley Trail

SGT Branford Walk March 2016More than 30 walkers joined us on the Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) in Branford on March 5th for our First Saturday walk.

Leaving from the West Point Road ball field in Stony Creek, we walked on the Trolley Trail across the marsh, crossing the tracks of the Branford Steam Railroad and continuing along a finished section of the trail paralleling Tilcon Road. Returning along the same route, we took a side trail up to visit the Vedder monument. This is an inscribed plaque commemorating Branford resident Jennie Vedder, who donated the surrounding 27 acres to the Branford Land Trust. Vedder taught school in Branford and wrote poetry, and one of her poems appears on the plaque.

It was a clear, sunny day and the walkers enjoyed spectacular views over the marsh to the Thimble Islands and across the Sound to Long Island. Leo Cristofar led the 2.5 mile round-trip hike, assisted by Judy Miller, SGT Chairperson, and Chet Blomquist, Co-chair of the Branford section of the SGT.

‘First Saturday’ Walk, March 5th, 10 am in Branford

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Shoreline Greenway Trail, Branford, CT.

Join us for an early look at spring from the Shoreline Greenway Trail.  The walk starts at 10 am.   We will start at the ball field on West Point Road in Stony Creek, cross the Trolley Trail and continue parallel to Tilcon Road and back the same way. Weather permitting, we will do the loop up to the Vedder Monument. Hopefully we will see some ospreys in their nest along the Trolley Trail! Directions: Take exit 56 off of I-95 and turn south on Leete’s Island Road. At stop sign at intersection near liquor store, take Thimble Island Road, continuing south towards the water. After crossing under RR tracks, take first right onto West Point Road. Park at ball field, where we will start the walk. Questions: contact Leo Cristofer at 203-214-5824.  Find on Google Maps

Branford Town Meeting – March 15, 2015

The Branford Shoreline Greenway Trial team invites you to come to our Shoreline Greenway Trail Town meeting on Sunday, March 15 from 2:00-3:30 at the James Blackstone Memorial Library Auditorium.   [Read more…]