Englewood Restoration Project offers wildlife and native plant diversity to the adjacent Tryon Creek State Park. Nestled on the edge of Tryon Creek State Park, a group of eight property owners are working with the Conservation District to rehabilitate and enhance over 10 acres of upland wooded natural areas. Before the project began, invasive spurge laurel, holly, and ivy had overtaken much of the forest. Within two and a half years, ivy was reduced to less than 5% of its original mass and over 2,500 native trees and shrubs were planted.
Impacts of the project can be felt far beyond its borders. The natural areas on these private lands serve as an ecological buffer between disturbed urban areas, and the 670-acre Tryon Creek State Park. Before the work, numerous invasive plants had overtaken these private lands and were starting to negatively impact the adjacent parklands. Now in their place are thriving native plants that will enhance plant diversity and have a positive spillover effect on the park. A variety of wildlife, including deer, woodpeckers and rabbits have been sighted in this restored natural area.
The landowners continue to monitor invasive plants, and are working with the District to expand a pollinator hedgerow at the edge of the project which will range from 230’ to over 1000′ long.
The Englewood Restoration Project would not have been possible without the generous support of numerous community volunteers, who helped with over 100 hours of ivy removal, and the Tryon Creek Watershed Council, who provided over 300 native plants.