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Westport, MA – December 12, 2013 – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest land conservation organizations, is pleased to announce Kristin DeSouza has joined the Southeast Region as Superintendent of the Allen C. Haskell Park in New Bedford. Formerly the site of the Allen C. Haskell & Son nursery, The Trustees acquired the property in June. DeSouza will manage the restoration and operation of the beautiful, historic 6-acre property – one of the largest tracts of open space in New Bedford – as an urban park for area residents to enjoy. The property was owned for decades and run as a nursery by Allen Haskell, a well-known horticulturalist. The new park will preserve the best features of the property while providing a green space and a wide range of programs for area residents and visitors.
Most recently, DeSouza was the Senior Horticulturalist at Garden in the Woods where she worked since 2008. While there, she maintained the collections in the public gardens, ran a variety of public programs, developed educational materials and managed a regular team of volunteers and interns on the ground. Before that, she was selected as a Royal Society of Horticulture Scholar in Great Britain from 2006-2007 to intern at a variety of important public gardens. She also gained invaluable experience serving as an apprentice at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum in Boston, as a Landscape Coordinator at the Central Park Conservancy in New York and as an intern at Gregory Lombardi Designs, Inc. in Cambridge.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Kristin’s exceptional horticultural and landscape expertise and program leadership ability join The Trustees,” says John Vasconcellos, Trustees of Reservations Southeast Regional Director. “Her background and unique combination of skills will be an invaluable asset to our organization as we look to bring the new Allen C. Haskell Park back to life as a park and community resource for area families.”
"I'm very thankful to have worked in various gardens throughout my professional career and learn from some amazing individuals,” adds DeSouza. “I'm looking forward to bringing this knowledge home and work with the Trustees team to create a dynamic community resource."
DeSouza is relocating from the Boston area to South coast. A Mattapoisett native she received her BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Landscape Architecture.
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees are the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 111 spectacular reservations – including working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas – located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, The Trustees work closely with community partners and permanent affiliates including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust to preserve and protect special places for current and future generations. The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. The organization offers hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, and events annually, designed to engage all ages in their mission. To find out more, please visit: www.thetrustees.org.