The Stout Walkway on the Symington Property

Dear NCLTers

It will be worth a  trip this coming week to see the fantastic job John Strout did constructing a walkway at the western entrance to Symington. John has provided access across the section of wetlands which has been under water for much of the spring. He was able to use cedar logs off the Browne Property  as supports creating a very natural look with the walkway meandering around rock obstacles. Of interest when I had gone by several times today and each time walkers were commenting with rave reviews on the boardwalk.


On Jun 1, 2014, at 12:38 PM, Board Member Penelope Ross wrote:

I went in today and, boy o boy, what a improvement.  In time the muddy trail will repopulate with green plants--ferns and the like. 
4 cars in front at 10:30 besides mine. A dog-walker had left a "package" for me to take home just like they do at Irwin Park. 
Two things I think should be mentioned to neighbors: 
Landscapers [redacted] are dumping mounds of grass clippings by our entrance. These will soon rot and smell awful--ever encountered this on a golf course on a hot summer day? 
And, property owners [redacted] have come through the gate and piled up pruned leafy branches  on both sides of the trail. 
I would be happy to lead a group [redacted] in a weed pull between the entrance and the walkway, so that the wildflowers have a chance to spread. 
The two most prolific invaders right now are garlic mustard and wineberry and they are thickest there and on the north boundary trail. I didn't see any poison ivy, so it should be safe to get in there and uproot the bad guys. It would sure make our entrance more welcoming. Any effort to clear garlic mustard takes years of continued pulling of the flowering plants before they turn to brown sticks, because dormant seeds remain on the ground just waiting to germinate. 
The wineberry spreads by underground runners and is similarly hard to get ride of.   
The barberry battle was lost a long time ago, I think. 
Another possible plus to dredging the pond: Maybe it would be less of a mosquito breeding ground. I can attest from my visit last week that there are mosquitos a-plenty. 
I next took a stroll around the Lee Garden on Chichester, and the Beautification League has managed to keep invasives out of there. Of course, we cannot eradicate weeds on 42 acres, but for now the heaviest concentrations are at the
entrance and alongside some of the trails.
 Penny Ross

On Jun 1, 2014, at 8:22 AM, NC Land Trust <> wrote:

Superb piece of walkway that really enhances the entrance. The stonework across the waterfall is another big improvement. Nice start to the summer season!!!