915 Boulder Road
Noteworthy: Borders Boulder Knoll, the 150-acre town owned Lassen, Blauvelt and Jackman Farms - all part of the east side greenbelt.
Public Access: None - this is a private property with easement protections.
Bob and Anne Giddings acquired their 19-acre property in 1974. Bob Giddings, now retired, was a well-known and respected veterinarian with a specialty in birds of prey. For much of his early career he was the local vet that tended to their pet's health needs. Anne Giddings is an educator and was prominent locally in her work with the girl scouts. She was a CLT director in the 1980's. They raised two children in this quiet southeast corner of Cheshire alongside working farms.
The Giddings are refreshingly self reliant. Despite busy careers they have worked their land and reaped its rewards. Nothing is ever wasted. They maintain a large garden for themselves, a wood lot for their home heating needs and lease the rest of the land to neighboring farmers.
In the early fall of 2003 the real planning and survey work began. It was determined that approximately 16 acres would be subject to restrictions but it would be granted in two phases. The 2003 restriction protects 8.2 acres. The second phase comprising eight acres that includes a field and deep cut basalt gorge was granted November 2006.
Bob Giddings tending the farm 2011
Bob and Anne Giddings completed the process of placing most of their farm acreage under easement protections. Eight acres were added November 2006 to the previous easement granted to CLT in 2003 increasing the total to 16 acres. The farm is actively managed by the Giddings. It is strategically important in the Trust's goals of preserving Cheshire farms. In addition to tending to his own farm, Bob Giddings has become active in "Friends of Boulder Knoll", a group of concerned citizens interested in restoring farming to nearby Town-owned Boulder Knoll Farm.
The Giddings property is basically rolling fields bordered by heaps of stones and barbed wire fences laid out by farmers. In contrast, the portion along the Wallingford line contains a deep ravine some seventy feet deep cut by a roiling stream that joins the Mill River. This alone makes the property’s preservation priceless.
Deep gorge defines east side boundary of Giddings Farm - October 2003
Giddings Farm - May 2004
The Cheshire Land Trust applauds the Giddings for their actions to insure the longterm conservation of their land. CLT has pledged to defend the agreement in perpetuity.
Flower Power - July 2007 - Photos by Richard Lau
Boulder Knoll - Lassen Farm - as seen from Giddings property
Boulder Knoll Farm