Hopkinton – Butterworth
24 acres of fields and woodlands with stream. Abuts ASNH Chase Sanctuary
No public access
Five Rivers Conservation Trust received a new conservation easement in Hopkinton, thanks to the generosity and vision of Hope Butterworth. Hope donated an easement on 24 acres of land which is directly adjacent to NH Audubon’s Chase Sanctuary on Jewett Road in Hopkinton. The land is now owned by Ken and Cindi Hayden and will be incorporated as a portion of Contoocook Valley Farm. Currently the mainstay of Contoocook Valley Farm is sheep dog training, but the farm also supports a growing number of sheep, horses, cows, goats, llamas, ducks, and a donkey.
The property is about half woodland and half fields that have been fallow for a few years. There are beautiful white pines, and a mix of stately ash, oak and beech trees throughout. A small stream courses through the middle of the wooded portion and the associated hemlocks provide wonderful cover for deer and other wildlife. The property also shares 1,600 feet of common boundary with the NH Audubon Society’s Chase Sanctuary, contributing to what is now a large block of open space of over 785 acres.