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Non-profit making final donation push to buy Hendersonville land

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A non-profit agency is trying to raise funds to prevent development of Batey Farms in Hendersonville. (WSMV) A non-profit agency is trying to raise funds to prevent development of Batey Farms in Hendersonville. (WSMV)
HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

In a constantly changing Middle Tennessee, a non-profit says time is running out to protect a stretch of pristine land.

They said they've found help can come from anyone.

"This is a Hannah masterpiece," said Brandon Sons, handing a marker to four-year-old daughter Hannah.

"No, this is a daddy masterpiece," Hannah replied, handing a marker to her dad.

"OK, what do you want me to color?" asked Sons, looking down at a small coloring book.

Just like the princesses in her coloring book, Hannah has a deep love of animals.

"Which princess do you think likes animals the most?" asked Sons.

"Jasmine!" said Hannah.

Sons said Hannah has just raised $200 to help the animals near her home.

Len Jannaman is with the Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula non-profit.

Donations like Hannah's are going to purchase 38 acres, about half of what was historically Batey Farms.

"This is the last undeveloped piece of this part of Hendersonville," said Jannaman. "I love it. It brings me back to when our boys were young. We used to walk through parks. Once a bulldozer shows up here, this is gone forever, right?"

Jannaman is looking to place a conservation easement over the land to prevent any development before selling it back to the city. He said the group will be applying for grants to do minimal development. Jannaman said meetings will take place later this year about what will be done with the acres, but he's hoping they'll involve educational opportunities for young people.

"I think people would love to have houses here," said Jannaman. "I don't blame them for that. I'd rather have walking trails."

The city has already closed on the other half of the Batey Farms land for a park.

While Jannaman's non-profit has raised $925,000, they still have to get $75,000 by July 2.

"If we don't make it to the finish line, we can't close on the property," he said. "We promise to return every penny they donated. Although we've come far, we don't have much time left. We're confident we're going to reach it."

Hannah said there's a reason she wanted to help.

"Because the baby deer live there," she said.

She has something to say to the people who donated because of her.

"I want to say thank you! Mwah!" she said, blowing a kiss in the air.

Visit Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula to donate.

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