Sunday, December 25, 2022

Happy Holidays 2022

Dear Members and Friends;

The Trustees of the Sandwich Conservation Trust wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season with family fun, good food, warmth and generosity. We thank you for your continued support in doing what we love, land preservation.

With appreciation,

The Trustees of the Sandwich Conservation Trust:

John Cullity, Cliff Irving, Brian Kelly, Steven Touloumtzis, Nancy McHugh, Jack Vaccaro, Robert O’Connor, Peter Thomas, Lynn Cullity and Joe Queenan

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

SCT Work Party, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 at 9 a.m. at the Osborne-Sherman Conservation Area

The Trustees of The Sandwich Conservation Trust are planning to conduct a Fall/Winter Work Party to tidy up and improve the SCT’s Osborne-Sherman Conservation Area, 15 Gully Lane Saturday, December 10, 2022, beginning at 9 a.m. We need volunteer help. We will meet at the entrance to the Preserve on Gully Lane, East Sandwich.

Most of the work consists of cutting back grass, brambles, rosa rugosa, briars, sumac, bittersweet and poison ivy overgrowing the area’s edges. It’s basically a woodland jungle. The ground is damp and uneven in places. Working out in the elements requires the right apparel. Long pants and sturdy shoes, which can afford to get muddy, are necessary. Tick prevention is also necessary.

Weather is predicted to be cloudy, with high temperatures in the low 40’s, thus the morning temps may be only in the high 30’s. Additionally it is predicted to be windy, about 15 – 20 mph, with gusts 25 – 28 mph, so dress accordingly.

Unfortunately, the Trust does not have any of the necessary tools for this project and we are asking if you can volunteer, to also please bring your own tools. We suggest hand equipment such as gloves, pruning shears, pruning saws and loppers.

Bring a full water bottle.

Please contact or Cliff Irving, for additional information.

Thank you

Joe Q.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Sandwich Conservation Trust Annual Meeting

Dear Members and Friends,

The Sandwich Conservation Trust will hold its annual meeting at 2 PM, Sunday, November 6, 2022, at the East Sandwich Grange Hall, 91 Old County Rd., East Sandwich, MA. A brief meeting will include re-election of Trustees Clifford Irving, Brian Kelly, Steven Touloumtzis, Joseph Queenan and Robert O’Connor. Immediately following the meeting, Trust President, and local Sandwich Historian, John Cullity, will present an illustrated talk on “The History of the Old Sandwich Game Farm.” This beautiful and diverse property is currently managed by the Thornton W. Burgess Society with walking trails open to the public.

There will be a $10 admission charge for non-members to attend the program. SCT tea towels will be for sale ($15) at the entrance/check-in table or a free towel with a new membership sign-up.

For more information, please contact:

            John Cullity 508-888-7629                                                          Joe Queenan 508-833-0861

Friday, October 7, 2022

Sandwich Conservation Trust Walk at the Maple Swamp Conservations Lands, Sunday, October 9

The Sandwich Conservation Trust invites you to walk the hills and hollows of the Maple Swamp Conservation Lands on Sunday, October 9th at 2 PM. The walk will be led by SCT President John N. Cullity, who will provide historic as well as nature-based interpretation. The walk is free.

The Maple Swamp is the largest town-owned conservation preserve in Sandwich, roughly 770 acres, consisting of thirty-odd parcels owned mostly by the town, but also the Sandwich Water District and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. It is a place of dramatic topography, created by the southern movement of the glacier when it stopped around 18,000 years ago, leaving what is referred to as a glacial moraine.

In the early days of Sandwich settlement, this uneven land was divided into 20 to 40 acre woodlots, providing timber and fuel for the coastal farms. The name “Maple Swamp” goes back over 200 years, and refers to several acres of wetland in one of the big hollows. Preservation began in 1966, when the town purchased several of the woodlots from the Society of Friends – the Quakers.

The walk will last about an hour-and-a-half, and is rather strenuous in places, with steep slopes, occasional roots and loose stones. If it rains the walk will be cancelled. To join us, meet at the Maple Swamp Conservation Lands parking lot off of Service Road between Quaker Meetinghouse Road and Chase Road – now Rt. 6 Exits 61 and 63.

The Sandwich Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 for the purpose of preserving undeveloped land in Sandwich. If you have questions about the SCT or the walk, call Mr. Cullity at (508) 888-7629.

Thursday, September 29, 2022


The SCT will be at the SandwichFest this Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Our booth will be on School St. this year.  Stop by to learn about the properties that have been preserved, become a member of the trust, or just say Hi. 

Friday, September 9, 2022

A Note from the President

Dear SCT members and friends,

What shall I call this, a late summer greeting, a Labor Day weekend message, or perhaps an early fall missive? Regardless of the title, my purpose is to keep in in touch with you – members and friends of the SCT, and sincerely thank you for your support. This comes in several forms; membership dues, of course, extra donations for the Land Maintenance Fund or for general purposes, matching grants from employers, memorial donations, bequests and volunteer work on trails or other projects. Speaking on behalf of our Board of Trustees, we appreciate it all very much, a big part of the fuel that our organization runs on!

This is a good moment to consider what benefits the SCT offers. Here is a statement that we have used for some years:

“THE SANDWICH CONSERVATION TRUST is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1985, and staffed by volunteers. The Trust's purpose is to preserve and maintain wood lands, meadows, wetlands, wildlife habitats and scenic views for the public. The trust acquires land by gift or purchase and manages the properties using sound environmental practices. Other goals of the SCT are to assist landowners desiring to preserve their property through the use of conservation restrictions, to educate the public about land preservation, and to stimulate a public conscience of land use."

We also strive to work with the Town of Sandwich Conservation Commission, the Department of Natural Resources, and other organizations when the opportunity arises, and we like to bring conservation-minded people together through guided walks and at our annual meetings and other events. Climate change is increasingly in the news, in our minds and in our life experiences. Given that, we increasingly realize that every square foot of our preserved lands are lands that won’t be paved or built on, with every bit of vegetation, even the despised “invasives”, helping to store carbon and release the life-giving oxygen the world needs.

Speaking of guided walks, we have one coming up on Sunday September 11th at 2 PM, led by myself and SCT staff. We will meet at the Toolas Preserve, and hike to Great Island, out in peaceful Spring Hill Marsh. At about 9 acres, Great Island, along with its smaller neighbors Pine Island and Little Island are owned by the SCT and the Town of Sandwich. These islands are a bit remote and of special importance as wildlife habitat. For this reason the SCT and the Sandwich Conservation Commission have agreed to adopt a policy of not allowing dogs on the islands.

Please note that we are limiting this walk to 20 participants due to parking, trail and other limitations. To register for this walk, please call me or leave a message at 508-888-7629. Directions: Enter Great Island Road north off of Route 6A on the curvy section about 1/3 of a mile east of Crow Farm. Go over the railroad crossing and take the next turn to the right into the Toolas Preserve, and park in the field. The walk will last an hour or so. It is level going, but be prepared for possible ticks, poison ivy on some trail edges, and sometimes a soggy spot or two. Along with nature commentary, some history of the islands will be shared. NOTE: This walk is nearly at capacity.

Other events coming up: October 1st – SandwichFest – Look for our booth! October 9th – A guided walk at the Maple Swamp Conservation Lands (with no limit on the number of participants!) – November 6th – the SCT Annual Meeting at the East Sandwich Grange Hall, with a slide show on the interesting history of the Game Farm Preserve in East Sandwich. Details on these events will be sent via email and other media.

Thanks again for your interest, participation and support.

John N. Cullity


Great Island