In 2013-2014, after many years of community effort, Lowcountry Land Trust protected 35 acres of forest surrounding the City of Charleston’s Angel Oak Park. In purchasing this land, we aimed to conserve and enhance the Angel Oak’s ecosystem, maintain the rural context of the land on which this iconic tree sits, and to create a consolidated use of the park and preserve across protected property boundaries. At the time of purchase, LLT made clear its intent to bring together a demographically diverse array of stakeholders and community members to share in the design.
Now, as we approach the ten-year anniversary of this success, Lowcountry Land Trust, along with a taskforce of community leaders and stakeholders, and nationally-known landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz is poised to implement a master plan for this 44-acre property. The Angel Oak Preserve will feature boardwalk trails, educational programming, and signage to celebrate the history and significance of the land and tree.
HELP US PLAN ANGEL OAK PRESERVE
Lowcountry Land Trust is working with internationally-recognized landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz and a diverse steering committee to build a 44-acre preserve.
Unrivaled in its features and accessibility, the design will feature boardwalk trails, a nature play area for children and educational information about the tree and native people that have held this place sacred.
The process launched in the summer of 2022 and will include public meetings, surveys, and stakeholder interviews. The goal is to complete a design that honors the rural and cultural context of the land in early 2023.