White Oak – Irmo, SC
2008 Heritage Tree Award Winner
Photo credit: South Carolina Forestry Commission
The White Oak stretches more than seventy feet into the air, with a canopy equally as wide. An ancient tree, it has become the focal point of the town’s central park that was transformed in recent years from three acres of weeds and briar-choked trees.
The mighty oak tree brings a legacy of permanence and grace to the newly created park. Park planners have protected its health by keeping as much foot traffic as possible off the tree’s roots through the design and construction of a tiered deck that provides multiple levels of seating under her branches