In keeping with its long history of supporting projects that protect and conserve the Northern Neck’s natural beauty, restore and preserve historic gardens and landscapes, and providing educational opportunities to support these activities, the Garden Club of the Northern Neck (GCNN) this year granted $5,000 each to Belle Isle State Park and Westmoreland State Park.  

GCNN’s support of Belle Isle State Park is part of a multi-year, phased project to improve the grounds of the Park, including the gardens around its historic 18th century mansion. Located in Lancaster County on the Rappahannock River, Belle Isle is an 892 acre park with facilities for camping, fishing, boating and picnics. This year’s monetary grant from the GCNN along with a Centennial Grant from the Garden Club of Virginia will be used to refurbish the existing amphitheater as an additional venue for public activities.   

GCNN’s monetary support of The Westmoreland State Park also extends over several years. The 2020 grant will be used, in part, to expand self-guided nature trails along Horsehead Cliffs which provide visitors with panoramic views of the Potomac River. Another portion of the grant will be used to supplement current educational activities and exhibits in the Park’s new Visitor’s Discovery Center which was refurbished in 2018 with support from a Centennial Grant from the Garden Club of Virginia. These two grants are a testament to GCNN’s leadership role in supporting projects in the fields of conservation, horticulture, preservation, and education and its long history of giving to the Northern Neck and its commonwealth.