“Matt brings magic to every forest and makes every tree unforgettable.”
-Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Winter is a perfect time to get to know your trees! Join Matthew ‘Twig’ Larges as he takes you on a tree ID journey through the beautiful and historic forested trails of Mount Hope Farm. You will get to know some basic information that will help you to identify deciduous trees in their dormant season through examination of twigs, buds, fruits, bark, and other features. You will also get a dose of story and folklore about the trees and the surrounding land.
Mount Hope Farm is a 127 acre national historic site located in Bristol, Rhode Island. The property is privately owned and governed by The Mount Hope Trust in Bristol and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to preserve and protect the integrity of its natural assets and its historical structures, and make it accessible to all.
An International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and a full time environmentalist, Largess was named by Yankee Magazine in 2006 as “Tree Preservationist of the Decade.” A Rhode Island native, Matthew studied forestry at Paul Smith’s College, and spent his younger years as a logger, cutting down the biggest trees on the earth in the Pacific Northwest. He has since dramatically shifted gears, dedicating his life to preserving individual trees through arboriculture, and unique old-growth groves of trees through his activism. Articles about Largess’ forest studies and travels have appeared in numerous publications including the Boston Globe, and on many national news broadcasts