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Greenwich Land Trust Opens New Headquarters On 4-Acre Preserve

Louise Mueller cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the Greenwich Land Trust's new headquarters at the Louise Mueller Preserve. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
The Greenwich Land Trust unveils its new headquarters on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
The Greenwich Land Trust unveils its new headquarters in front of a large crowd of supporters Wednesday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
The Greenwich Land Trust unveils its new headquarters on the Louise Mueller Preserve at 370 Round Hill Road. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Land Trust and its supporters celebrated its move to a new headquarters that reflects its mission of caring for woodlands, meadows, orchards and tidal marshes.

The organization held a ribbon-cutting last week to mark its move into a renovated farmhouse on a 4-acre property, the Louise Mueller Preserve, that the organization manages.

The property is named after Greenwich resident Louise Mueller, who, along with her husband Ed, donated it to the land trust three years ago.

In brief comments before cutting the ribbon, she called the land trust's restoration work on the farmhouse truly "miraculous."

"To see what the Land Trust has accomplished ... is just miraculous," she said. "To restore the structure to the original in 1895, that to me is just miraculous what they did."

Janice Trebbi Richards, the land trust's president, said it was a momentous day for the organization.

"Today represents an extraordinary moment in the history of the Greenwich Land Trust and its future," she said. "Today is about preserving the best of our agrarian past."

The land trust office was previously located in the second floor of an office complex in Cos Cob that overlooked a busy section of Route 1. Its new office sits on a 4-acre site in the heart of the backcountry at 370 Round Hill Road at Old Mill Road.

"This is a really wonderful change. We don't look at Route 1, we look at land which is appropriate for a land trust," Ginny Gwynn, the organization's executive director said in comments at the ribbon cutting. She called the site a microcosm of the land the trust protects and manages. There is a woodland, a meadow and an orchard on the site, all examples of the types found on the 750 acres of land it owns or cares for in the town.

The properties are given to the Land Trust by individuals who seek to prevent the land from being developed.

Also on hand for the event was First Selectman Peter Tesei, state Rep. Livvy Floren, R-149th District, and Selectman John Toner.

Tesei praised the organization for its achievement and Mueller for her donation of the land.

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