Sydney Rollins Badmington died on Oct. 2, 2009 at the age of 88. In March of 2003, she donated a conservation easement to Ausbon Sargent on her 8.87 acres on Little Sunapee Road in New London. Syd wanted to restrict development, preserve open space and protect the Little Lake Sunapee watershed. She knew that without these protections, under New London cluster zoning her land could have up to eight dwellings built on it. She explained, "I didn't think it was big enough to count very much, but when I think of all the property around the lake that has been built on, then I had to do it."