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Farandnear foliage walk

Photo: A rainy (but fun!) foliage hike.

We all need a place like Farandnear—somewhere close enough to feel comfortably familiar, and yet special enough to seem far away from life’s everyday worries. And now, we have one!

On October 6, The Trustees brought together nearly 75 hardy well-wishers and supporters on a rainy but splendid fall day to celebrate Farandnear in Shirley, MA. This preview of one of The Trustees’ newest reservations was planned in conjunction with the annual fall foliage hike sponsored by the Town of Shirley’s Conservation Commission. It also marked the return of public access to the property, which will continue to welcome visitors with even more improvements in the future.

So feel free to explore! Farandnear encompasses a remarkable diversity of botanical and visual delights, including a dormant cranberry bog and an unusual pine arboretum (called a “pinetum”) containing dozens of varieties, some of which have been pruned into whimsical, gum-dropped shapes. Another 10-acre parcel containing soaring hemlock trees and a rocky ravine have been named “Paradise.” Overall, the property is accessible by more than three miles of walking trails. Thank you to all those who have helped make Farandnear such a special place and who braved the weather to join us in celebration!

Published October 2013

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