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Plaistow Town Forest growing with 3 acres of former farmland purchased

PLAISTOW — Selectmen have approved the purchase of three acres of former farmland that will be added to the Plaistow Town Forest.

Conservation funds will be used for the $11,700 purchase price for the land, which borders Hampstead’s town forest.

The land is part of a larger parcel of land in Hampstead, which closed on the purchase of nearly 10 acres of farmland in that town last month.

According to Plaistow Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald, the closing costs on the three acres will be about $500 and the closing should be completed in 30 to 60 days.

The property will be a good fit for open space in the town and in the region, Fitzgerald said.

“Several years ago, the Plaistow First Committee looked in Plaistow for property it could potentially acquire or add to the town forest, and this parcel was one that (they) sought to acquire,” he said. “They discussed the property numerous times, and it will make an excellent fit for the town.”

Selectman John Sherman said that in addition to being a positive purchase for the town, the land acquisition shows the benefit of towns in the region working together.

“I’m also glad we remembered that this recommendation was made by the Plaistow First Committee,” he said. “They made a lot of good recommendation.”

In addition to creating a greater connection to the Hampstead forest, Fitzgerald noted that both forests also abut Atkinson’s town forest in some spots.

“I think everybody will appreciate the historic nature of this property,” Fitzgerald said.