The Land Trust of Virginia (LTV) is pleased to announce that Inglewood Farm, located 3.5 miles southeast of Arrington, Virginia in Nelson County, is now perpetually protected with a Conservation Easement donated by Tillman Real Estate, LLC. The 850-acre farm had the potential to be developed into 46 parcels. However, thanks to the conservation leadership of Shannon and Katherine Tillman, this conservation easement drastically reduces that number to three total parcels, a wonderful contribution to conservation and to the community.
One of Inglewood Farm’s most significant conservation values is the scenic open space views provided to the public through the protection of this property. There is substantial road frontage on a number of local roads, and with several access points, it was very vulnerable to development. In total, there are almost three miles of road frontage along Variety Mills and Cedar Creek Roads plus Harlow Lane.
The property’s soils are well-suited for agricultural uses and approximately 400 acres of the property is forested, providing a valuable natural resource to the region. There are three miles of streams, and with the property being within the Tye River, James River – a State Designated Scenic River – and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, an easement on this property works to further protect our valuable water resources.
The Tillman family started purchasing parcels of land in 2010, in order to run a working farm. They have protected the land with the intention of providing a working farm for their family to use for generations to come. “We love farming and we love this land and we wanted to make sure that it stayed the way it is for our children and their children,” said Shannon Tillman.
Inglewood Farm is the largest property under conservation easement held by the Land Trust of Virginia. The next largest is Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, VA, with 793 acres, donated in 2001. Inglewood Farm is now LTV’s 157th easement. “This is a great day for conservation,” said LTV’s executive director Sally Price, “and we are honored to have been selected by the Tillmans for the future stewardship of their property.”