Who We Are
Community Planting Project / Growing into the Future
We are a group of engaged citizens who love and respect nature, as well as our peaceful town. This section of the Farmington River Trail is truly a beautiful spot as it runs adjacent to Rattlesnake Brook and the woods. Property owners along Allen Place and Hill Street have a collective and vested interest in the future of this space. As the native plants grow, we know that others will enjoy the benefits of Collinsville Pollen Trail and be inspired to join the movement to bring back pollinators, birds and other wildlife to our yards, towns and communities.
Special Thanks to Allen Place neighbors and friends, Cherry Brook Garden Club, Town of Canton, CT, Department of Public Works, the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) and the many volunteers who have devoted themselves and hundreds of hours to this project.
Future Collaborations & Community Projects
Local Scouts Revitalization Project - 2021 restoration of wooded nature trail along Rattlesnake brook: rebuilding the railroad tie steps leading down to the woods from Collinsville Pollen Trail at two entrances and repairing/rebuilding the series of old wooden bog bridges.
Preserving High St. Junction - one of the last remaining depots in the state, it stands proudly near the corner of Dyer Avenue and Allen Place. Protecting a piece of history along the Rails-to-Trails is a future project that neighbors and the town are in talks to pursue.
UConn Extension Master Gardener Program - Allen Place / Collinsville Pollen Trail designated as a Signature Project which means that Master Gardener interns will assist with research and planning for future plantings as well as participate in various assigned hands-on tasks.
New England Pollinator Pathway - The Collinsville Pollen Trail is the first of many pollinator pathways to come in Canton, a larger project headed by Karen Berger and Theresa Sullivan Barger.