Nettleton Memorial Orchard Project Featured in The Bee

Visible from Old Castle Drive is a panoramic view looking down on the flagpole, church steeples. and rooflines along Main Street. Sitting just off the curb and facing this iconic scene is a small bench perched at the top of a rise that was once a sweeping meadow, but in more recent years has become a home for overgrowth and invasive species.

Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a private land trust, which acquired the 26-acre parcel through the estate of Arthur T. Nettleton in 1973, has begun reclaiming fields and a flowering fruit tree orchard choked by 35 years of unchecked growth. Residents driving up Castle Hill Road toward Old Castle Drive will see an abundance of trees cleared in an effort that began in late 2014.

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