Angel Oak Park to be enlarged by 17 acres

Angel Oak Park to be enlarged by 17 acres

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A park at Charleston's massive Angel Oak will be enlarged by 17 acres, providing a larger buffer around the massive tree.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the Charleston County Greenbelt Bank has agreed to contribute $2.4 million for the property on Johns Island. The Lowcountry Open Land Trust plans to contribute more than $1 million more for the purchase.

The county money comes with the provision that a homeless veterans group gets five acres for farming and that the park be operated by the county.

The land originally was slated for development but later was foreclosed on.

A local group called Save the Angel Oak had collected 11,000 signatures on petitions to discourage development near the oak.

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