The mission of the Hopkinton Land Trust is to protect the town of Hopkinton’s rural character and natural heritage. This is accomplished by preserving land as open space through acquisition and conservation easement while maintaining, where possible, public access to these natural resources.

Great news! We received a grant from DEM for $100,000. We are making a major contribution to Hope Valley by expanding the Depot Square Park and creating a recreational facility that harkens back to the river and the railroad that were so important to its early history. Our proposed project will expand and improve the existing Depot Square Park including constructing a fully accessible trail following the route of the former Wood River Railroad alongside Brushy Brook. The project will also include greatly expanded parking, kayak/canoe launch and landing areas, sitting areas with scenic views of the Brook and the Wood River, including overlooking a beaver lodge and dam. At the confluence of Brushy Brook and the Wood River a viewing platform/fishing pier will be constructed. The project will also include two spur trails, one running to additional parking which will be added on Mechanic Street. Finally, attractive signage and interpretative kiosks will be constructed. 

The Audubon Society recently chose the Hopkinton Land Trust to be one the recipients of their Youth Conservation League (YCL) Stewardship Days. The Crew and their leaders came to our Grills Preserve and spent a long, hot day removing invasive species from our property. Some Land Trust members and Friends of HLT worked along with the crew. The YCL explained how important the removal of these species is and how it will give the native plants vying for space room to grow – but it’s an on-going problem so our trail crew will keep at it. Thanks to the Audubon Society and YCL! Hope to see the crew again next year!