Thursday, April 24, 2014

Daffodil Festival

Please Join Us:
Daffodil Festival
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oak Crest Field on Quaker Meetinghouse Rd.

Please stop by to say hi to us at the Daffodil Festival this Saturday at Oak Crest Field.  There will be something for everyone, including:

gardening events
master gardeners (bring a soil sample to be tested)
flower arranging competition
local artists
KID zone

Click below to see the official Daffodil Festival site for more info:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014

April 22, 2014 = Earth Day

Original Earth Day advertisement in 1970 

Have you noticed our signs around town to remind us of Earth Day and to support your local land trust in an effort to preserve our land?  You will also see us at the Daffodil Festival on Saturday - please stop by and say hi.


Earth Day, what is it?

Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the antiwar protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Great Hill Take a Hike Photos

Thanks to all who came out to join us for a hike up Great Hill last Sunday.









Friday, April 11, 2014

Take a Hike with the Sandwich Conservation Trust

By John Nye Cullity

The SCT will begin this year’s series of second-Sunday walks, Sunday, April 13th, at 2 PM with the straightest one we have, the trek along the Barnstable-Sandwich town line. The walk begins at Service Road, about half a mile east of Exit 4, and goes in a straight line to Great Hill. Here we find the closest thing we have to a dramatic crest on Cape Cod, with a nice view towards Nantucket Sound, at an ear-popping 230 feet above sea level. This is a good time of year to visit this elevated spot. With the absence of foliage we can see the topography through the trees.

The habitat is dry pine-oak woods, livened up by hills and valleys as we make our way to the top. The land to the east is the 1200 acre West Barnstable Conservation Area, and to west is a long strip of privately owned land that is held in a conservation restriction with the SCT. Through the generosity of the landowners the public is allowed to pass.

This section of walkable town line was created in the early 1950s, when the clearing was bulldozed to create somewhat of a fire brake and better access to the woods. My guess is that this action was inspired by the great forest fire of 1946, when much of South Sandwich, and even part of East Sandwich was burned over.

The walk will last 45 minutes or so. It is a strenuous walk in that there are some steep slopes, loose stones, and probably some branches down after our long winter, so please be prepared. The hike will not be held if it is raining.

Parking is best along the south side of Service Road; make sure you are well off the road. There is no charge for the walk. No dogs, please. Call me at (508) 888-7629 if you have questions.