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Total acreage of all public and private land in the town of Cheshire exceeds 21,000 acres.

Though significant, CLT's 578 acres represents only 2.46% of the total land area.


Leavenworth Tree Farm

CLT's preservation of

Leavenworth Tree Farm

This landmark Cheshire farm is now protected by

The Leavenworth, Palmer & Knickerbocker Family Conservation Restriction

Roaring Brook

Roaring Brook

The State's second highest waterfall

Cheshire Land Trust
Preserving Land as a Living Resource Since 1969

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The Cheshire Land Trust is a nonprofit -501( c) 3 corporation funded entirely by donor contributions from members of the community. We receive no taxpayer support.

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All Trails closed at Ives & Pelz Farm Nov. 18 - Dec. 31st


Broad Brook Reservoir

Broad Brook Reservoir - Photo by Chris Daddi

Explore Cheshire's natural, historic and beautiful places


A Day at Ives Farm by Linda Marino

Cattle grazing at Coleman Farm


Ives Autumn - Photo by Judi Riccio


Annual Meeting March 2015

Joy Vanderlek,Sam Waldo, Mark Kasinskas, Tim Slocum, Dave Schrumm, Rick Marinaro, Janice Bryden with guest speaker and Town Historian Jeanne Chesanow

Acquisition News

The Cheshire Land Trust received an important donation of six acres of property along Waterbury Road in west Cheshire from Francis Roke, Jr and his sister Diane M. Tansley. The area has been named “Josephine’s Woods” in honor of the donor’s grandmother. The property has frontage along Waterbury Rd. opposite Blackies, features extensive wetlands covering about 40% of the acreage. The rest of the property is forested with mixed hardwoods and is noteworthy for rocky outcrops along Edgecomb Rd.

Josephine's Woods

Six Acres donated by Francis Roke, Jr. & Diane M. Tansley

Brooke Preserve expanded thanks to donation by

Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Kolstad

The property consists of a small area of wetlands and several acres of early growth, upland forest. The area has been named Kolstad Woods. This gift expands our  forty acre Brooke Preserve that we received from the Carpenter-Blackburn family in 2005


Our Mission

Preservation of natural resources of the State of Connecticut, including water resources, marshland, swamp, woodland, open spaces and the plant and animal life therein.
Preservation of unique historic and scenic sites.
Promote the scientific study of and educate the public regarding local natural resources including plants, animals, birds and other wildlife.
Acquire by gift, purchase or otherwise, real and personal property for the benefit of all the inhabitants of the State of Connecticut for conservational, educational, scientific and recreational purposes


Join the Cheshire Land Trust

Open spaces provide habitat for wildlife, protection for our water supply and countless benefits to the community. Cheshire's pristine wetlands, green ways, farmland and open spaces must never be taken for granted. Join in our mission to preserve the town's natural character and beauty. Membership offers you the opportunity to make a difference.

The Cheshire Land Trust seeks gifts of land thus ensuring its preservation for future generations. Today we actively manage 27 properties and 6 conservation easements totaling 578 acres. Membership dues and contributions provide for management of these properties. CLT is a 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation. Your donations are tax deductable. We receive no taxpayer funds.


The Cheshire Land Trust Governing Board meets monthly, usually the 3rd Thursday, 7:00 PM at the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce office located at 195 S. Main St.

If you would like to attend, contact Janice Bryden or Tim Slocum 203-272-3529 or Dave Schrumm 203-272-2689.

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