Seth and Lucy Holcombe Preserve to open June 3

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On what was supposed to be a spring day (but really wasn’t), Lowell Kahn and Steve Perry joined a team of hardy GLT volunteers who cleared and marked the trails on the Seth and Lucy Holcombe Preserve in North Granby. The property opens to the public on June 3.

Granby Land Trust volunteers have been hard at work readying the GLT’s new Seth and Lucy Holcombe Preserve for its official opening to the public on Connecticut Trails Day (June 3).

The 154-acre property was bequeathed to the GLT by Seth and Lucy Holcombe, two loyal and generous friends of the Land Trust who shared a love of nature, a passion for outdoor recreation and a commitment to land preservation. They resided on—and enjoyed—the property for more than 40 years before leaving it to the Land Trust. (Seth passed away in 2009 and Lucy in 2016.) The Holcombes built a beautiful trail system on the property.

On June 3, the Holcombes’ trail system will officially be opened to the public, as GLT board members and science teachers Jen Plourde and Dave Emery conduct a hike on the property, starting at 1 p.m. The hike will depart from the small parking area at 70 Silver Street and ascend a small hill before leveling out. Depending on turn-out, the leaders may split up and run hikes of varying intensity. Hikers of all ages are welcome. All children should be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. In case of significant rain, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update. RSVP to Jen Plourde at

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Volunteers are marking the trails throughout the Seth and Lucy Holcombe Preserve, making it easy-to-navigate.