TLC excitedly announces the addition of over three acres of beautiful woodlands to the Stateline Woods Preserve (SWP) thanks to the generosity of the Lee Family and funding support from Kennett Township’s Open Space fund and Neighbors for a Nature Preserve. The Lee family purchased the small lot off of Nine Gates Road in 1973 with future plans to build on the lot that never came to fruition. Instead, the family came to enjoy the property for its natural beauty and would regularly camp on the land with their two sons. One of their sons passed away prematurely and the Lee family has chosen to permanently protect the woods they have enjoyed for so long to honor his memory. “We’re very happy to donate it to the Land Conservancy, because we’d like to keep it open and available for everyone to use,” said Robert Lee, son of owners Kung Hsing and Susan Lee.
SWP is located at 814 Merrybell Lane in Kennett Square off of Old Kennett Road. The Lee Woods, acquired by TLC partly by sale and partly by donation from the Kung Hsing and Susan Lee family, is adjacent to SWP and will provide trail access to the preserve from Nine Gates Road. Neighbors have walking access via Nine Gates and SWP visitors can access the woodland via two trail points in the southern meadow. A ribbon cutting was held June 23, 2017 with the Lee family, the TLC community, the Neighbors for a Nature Preserve, and community members. A video of the ribbon cutting can be seen below.
With the addition of the Lee Woods to SWP, the Preserve now contains over 85 acres for public enjoyment and further expands the 400+ acre Stateline Woods Conservation Corridor consisting of both conservation easements and fee properties. TLC is continuing to work on further connections and expansions within the Conservation Corridor with important trail connections in the works.
For further details regarding the Lee Woods acquisition, you can read the story on the Southern Chester County news site here or the Chester County Press article here. Additionally, a map of SWP showing the Lee Woods addition can be seen here.
Please call Gwen Lacy at 610-347-0347 x107 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about this project or how conservation may work for your property.