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Thanks For Accomplishing First Phase of Plan Leading to A Formal Late 18th Century Garden

To The Editor,

   The Groton Business Association (GBA) wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to the individuals and businesses who have stepped forward to support the Boutwell Park Landscape Project. This past weekend saw all-day, frantic activity on both Saturday and Sunday as 34 trees and 96 shrubs were planted and a 6’W X 400’L crushed stone walkway was installed on the 1 ½ acre parcel behind The Groton Historical Society. 

   Josh Degen of Earthscape, Scott Rodgers of Babin Landscaping and Mark Blackburn of Blackburn Landscape & Excavating led a team of volunteers in completing the second phase of this grand community project. Peter Myette of Great Road Farm & Garden and Rick Sargent of Moison Ace Hardware donated critical supplies to assist with the project and Friends of The Trees donated two maple trees.

  Installing numerous benches along the walkway overlooking Gibbett Hill and a formal, late-18th century garden surrounded by a white picket fence will be the next phases in completing this amazing vision created by Lorayne Black, with assistance from Bob Pine.

   When this project commenced, over 80 Norway Maples, an invasive species, covered most of the property. Over three weekends, led by local landscapers Josh Degen, Keith Hooper and George Brackett, volunteers cut down, logged and chipped the entire parcel. More recently, Bennett Black stumped the property, Brian Lagasse removed all the debris, Carl Flowers provided a dumping site and Bob Black raked and graded the parcel to prepare it for planting.

   The cost of this project is estimated to be $30-$35,000, not including hundreds of hours of donated time by many individuals. 

   We hope the local community will join the GBA and Groton Historical Society to help in any way possible and become a part of creating this legacy park which will be enjoyed by the residents of Groton and visitors to the Groton History Museum for many years to come. 

Many thanks,

Steve Lane,

GBA Project Coordinator

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