Friends of the North 40
 Friends of the North 40   


Friends of the North 40 is a grassroots organization that supports proactive stewardship of the 46 acres of open space acquired by the Town of Wellesley.

We advocate for preservation of this valuable natural resource, investing in its habitat, and ensuring that it continues to be a resource to current and future town residents for passive recreation and environmental education.


We are hopeful for permanent Conservation protection under Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution (described below) because an un-fragmented North 40 yields economic, social and environmental benefits for townspeople today and for generations to come.


Friends of the North 40 is a campaign of citizens at large who believe all Town open space is critically valuable and deserves protection. We partner with all stakeholders including town departments, officials, and environmental groups to forward this objective. Join us as we advocate for the preservation of the North 40 and all our important natural resources.



  • Be good stewards of the land
  • Inventory its biodiversity
  • Organize seasonal cleanups and educational events
  • Propose environmental-based revenue opportunities
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders

Can our Town meet its many needs AND preserve the North 40?

These 46 acres provide clean air and water, flood control, carbon storage, valuable wildlife habitat, and various forms of passive recreation. The North 40 shares many of the same benefits of our Town's other conservation lands, such as Boulder Brook Reservation, the Town Forest, Centennial Reservation, Fuller Brook Park; and is just as cherished.


The North 40 is a fully functioning natural resource that provides valuable benefits to our environment, our residents, and our Town. Wellesley College has generously allowed its use for passive recreation by our residents for decades. Friends of the North 40 want to preserve this critically important town asset for ourselves and generations to come.

The North 40's forty-six acres form a triangle bounded by Central Street, Weston Road and Turner Road in Wellesley, Massachusetts:

Article 97 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution states:

“The people shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of their environment; and the protection of the people in their right to the conservation, development and utilization of the agricultural, mineral, forest, water, air and other natural resources is hereby declared to be a public purpose.”


Any land subject to Article 97 may not be used for other purposes, sold, or removed from protected status without the town undergoing a municipal and state legislative process, which includes approval by two-thirds of the Massachusetts legislature.

Currently only 9.5% of Wellesley's open spaces are protected as parkland or conservation land under Article 97. You can see a map of them here. This puts Wellesley on par with Newton and Natick, but behind Needham (at 22%). Adding the North 40's forty-six acres would push us over 10%.

Update on Proposed Building at 148 Weston Road 

Wellesley Park Application 

(148 Weston Road) Submitted 2.21.18 Next meeting:

January 8, 2019

7:30 pm

What's going on at the North 40?

Residents who regularly visit the North 40 – and specifically, the part that was once a dump site – have noticed town employees in the area and heard rumors that trees are going to be removed. Read more...

Vernal Pool Cleanup

Thanks to all of the volunteers who help to maintain this important resource area. Learn more and see photos.

(Spotted Salamander photo courtesy of Joy Marzolf)

Weston Road Gardens are in full bloom and bounty! Have a look.

There's even a video:

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Wellesley Selectman Barbara Searle and Wellesley College's Ben Hammond sign closing papers. Photo courtesy of Wellesley Townsman

Thank you!

Over 500 People Explored the North 40!

Raptors, Goats and You!

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

NRC's 10 Reasons to Preserve North 40
NRC N40 10 Reasons.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.1 MB]

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