The Northern Neck Virginia Master Naturalists invites all members on a field trip to the Wellford property, 13 miles north of Tappahannock just off Rt. 17. Alice and Hill Wellford have graciously invited us to their property for our July field studies event. This qualifies for continuing education credit.
We will meet at their home at 9 am as we wish to observe the garden and meadow early in the cool of the day to see the pollinators when they are out. We will finish up around 11 or 11:30.
The Wellford’s property, Kendale Farm, is a 2,500-acre working farm in Essex County which has been in the family for generations. Hundreds of acres are under conservation easements – protected forever.
We will be learning about their meadows, pollinator/wildlife support, grassland bird restoration and, as time permits, rare marsh plants. This is an up-close and personal look at conservation strategies and successes on private land on the banks of the Rappahannock River. Alice and Hill have won several awards for the restoration and protection work they have accomplished on the property. Here is an article about their property that was published in 2015 – great butterfly pictures in it.
A Board meeting will immediately follow the member meeting and that will be held in the meeting room at the Essex Public Library, 117 N Church St., Tappahannock, VA. It is open to all members who may be interested.