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Volunteers Populate Park with Plants

Volunteers from the 191 Hillspoint Road Committee, including Chairperson Sherry Jagerson and others, worked all day Saturday planting at Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve where Allen's Clam House stood for many years. Sherry and landscape architects Geoffrey Middeleer and Siliva Erskine said the plants they are putting in, which include black grass, seaside goldenrod and Spartina, are all indigenous and can withstand the tidal fluctuations of the area. All of the plants will take about three years to mature. In 2005, Geoffrey and Siliva, who own Erskine-Middeleer Associates in Wilton, were contracted to work with Parks and Recreation to re-design the land. They volunteer part of their time to the project. The park's kayak ramp will remain but benches and gravel paths will be added, in addition to the plantings. Volunteers will maintain the park. "We count on that to continue," said Sherry, who added that the spot is perfect for appreciating the diverse waterfowl that lives in the adjacent marshes.

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