Diana and Parker Lord sold Banningwood Preserve to the Land Trust in 2013. The Lords fell in love with the property back in 1998 and moved from their waterfront home in Lyme to the 115-acre pristine woodland parcel. They committed much of their ensuing years to maintaining the old woods roads, clearing hazards and invasives, creating fields for wildlife and personal enjoyment, and keeping the precious Roaring Brook uniquely clear and free flowing.
When out on their property, the Lords felt an attachment to their carefree childhoods – long lost times when they would spend uncharted days exploring, running wild in the woods, splashing in creeks, stumbling on rocks, and coming home covered in dirt and smiles enriched by their time spent outside. NaturePlace aims to inspire these same feelings among it’s visitors by engaging in the sights, smells, and sounds (even the quiet) of its woodlands, meadows, and flowing water.
The goal of NaturePlace is to reintroduce unstructured nature exploration to the outdoor experience, while also incorporating relevant educational elements along the trails. While the location will aim to be a community-inspired learning center, NaturePlace’s main focus will be to foster and enhance local and regional children’s curiosity with nature.