Londonderry town forest dedicated to man who shaped itBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent May 07. 2017 11:13PM
LONDONDERRY — The town’s forest was dedicated Thursday and named after the man who cultivated it — longtime resident Kent Allen.
Allen started the project in 2012 after asking for Town Manager Kevin Smith’s blessing.
Over the last five years, Allen has been designing, building and maintaining the walking paths, landscaping and other amenities in the forest.
Though Smith said he knew it would be an enormous undertaking, he knew Allen would be the right man for the job.
“Needless to say, you have done a remarkable job,” Smith said during the Thursday morning dedication ceremony.
Allen also serves as a sexton helping to maintain the landscapes in the town cemeteries.
Located behind the town common at the intersection of Pillsbury Road and Mammoth Road, the forest consists of walking paths and maple benches for visitors to use. The land, donated by the Mack Family, consists of roughly 12 acres.
Signs marking the Kent Allen Forest will hang at both entrances.
About a dozen elementary school students came to the forest Thursday to plant nine nut trees at one of the entrances.
The trees — butternut, chestnut and walnut — were once native to the town, which was previously called Nutfield.
“Hopefully when they graduate, those trees will be producing nuts,” Allen said.
Students from the three elementary schools planted one of each type of tree, digging the holes, putting in the potting soil and giving the trees their first drink of water in their new home.
“I’m trying to get kids away from their phones and into the woods,” Allen said.