Students and scouts aid in Land Trust cleanup effort

Mar 3, 2021

MATTAPOISETT — Debris cleanup is no problem for local Boy Scouts and Old Rochester Regional High School’s Environmental and Community Service clubs.

The ORR Community Service Learning Club, the ORR Environmental Club, and Mattapoisett Boy Scout Troop 53 came together on a Saturday afternoon to help the Mattapoisett Land Trust in a cleanup effort at Santos Farm. Four students from the Clubs and eight Boy Scouts met up at the property at the end of Bowman Road to help clear the property of vines and branches.

The property had recently been a pig farm and is being transformed by the Land Trust into an open space with trails leading to Grace Preserve and through the Old Aucoot District leading out to Route 6, Angelica Ave, and Prospect Road.

"I've always been passionate about the protection of natural lands for public use. Working with the land trust allows me to help preserve these outdoor spaces for the benefit of our community” said ORR junior Julia Sheridan.

The students and scouts helped clear space that will eventually be used for benches, picnic tables, and a handicapped-accessible trail.

“I love nature, and I love lending a helping hand!” said ORR senior Emma Carroll. “I heard about the opportunity to volunteer at the Santos Preserve through our school's community service club, and I was so excited to be out in nature and help a good cause. Being around other people who want to help simply because it brings joy makes me feel complete. I want to help out in the future for sure!”