Binky Lee Preserve
Alert During this public health crisis, Natural Lands’ nature preserves remain open to the public as places to engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running, which are considered allowable individual activities as part of the stay-at-home orders for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Social distancing must be maintained. If the parking lot is full please visit at another time. All public facilities, including restrooms, are closed to the public until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.
Binky Lee Preserve is an expanse of former agricultural land that is being converted back to natural woodlands and meadows. Returning the land to nature actually requires a great deal of care and skill. For more than two decades, we’ve employed a range of restoration techniques to improve these habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive, and for people to enjoy.
More than 10,000 native trees have been planted on the preserve—a process known as afforestation—in an effort to expand the wooded areas. In other sections of the preserve, by not mowing we allow them to return to woodlands on their own. While it won’t happen overnight—and we’ll need to try to mitigate the impact of deer and invasive plants—these trees will eventually and provide critical forest habitat for wildlife.
The original 89-acre farm—which had been named for a previous owner’s beloved horse—was donated to Natural Lands in 1989 by the Seiple family. A 23-acre addition was purchased in 2008.
Binky Lee Preserve is an example of the farms that dominated the Chester County landscape in the 18th century. The barn on the property dates to the early 1800s and, although it has undergone additions and renovations over the years, it retains much of the character of the original structure.
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