Preserving Land as
a Living Resource Since 1969
Josephine's Woods Preserve
Six Acres donated by Francis Roke, Jr. & Diane M. Tansley
Land Trust land donors, Francis Roke, Jr and Diane M. Tansley
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 rugged upland property has frontage along Waterbury Rd. opposite Blackies. The property has 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. The area has been named “Josephine’s Woods” in honor of the donor’s grandmother.
This is the first acquisition for the Land Trust in this part of Cheshire. The property is surrounded by homes on three sides and Waterbury Rd. on the north side boundary. The property has provided a habitat for wildlife of all sorts and has been undisturbed since it was acquired by the family in 1938.
The donors were presented with a “Duffy”, a metal sculpture made for the Trust by local artists Diane Buettner and Sharon Kree. Duffy’s are modeled after the leaves that are found on donor properties and serve as a permanent reminder of the donors’ generosity.
In summarizing the donor’s intent, Mr. Roke stated it best in a note to the Trust; “I wanted to touch base with you and let you know what a great experience it was working with your organization. From start to finish I was amazed at how smoothly everything went and what a good feeling I had upon completion of our donation. It didn’t really hit me until I went by the land one more time on my way home. This was my grandmother’s first piece of ownership in her newly adopted country and now we have come full circle with its return by this donation to the Cheshire Land Trust. Your gift of “The Duffy” lets us retain a portion of the land and we will always treasure it as our part of Josephine’s Woods."