Summers Corners is shooting for 85 percent native plants. Photo: Urban Design Associates

Plants for birds -- this great idea is attracting partners from around the state who want to create bird-friendly pilot sites:

  • Summers Corner, a new housing community in Summerville.  With one-third of this 6,500-acre development dedicated to green space, and 53,000 acres nearby preserved for wildlife and rural uses, Summers Corner will be a place where both birds and people feel at home.  A pollinator garden, bat houses, and bluebird boxes are worked into the design, along with a goal of 85 percent native plants.  We’re delighted to be helping Summers Corner bring a more sustainable lifestyle to Charleston!
  • The Town of Summerville, already our partner on the B.I.R.D.S. art installation, has asked us to help fine-tune its list of approved trees, which are largely native.  Approved trees can be used for new development and also to replace larger trees that need to be removed.   Summerville is seeking a denser canopy cover in less-green parts of town – and for that bird lovers are grateful!
  • In the pipeline are bird-friendly collaborations with a 3,000-acre corporate facility, a 330-acre college campus, a sailing club, an elementary school, and an upscale retirement facility.  Everyone involved is enjoying the opportunity to weave conservation into our communities. 

Other ideas for bird-friendly pilot sites in South Carolina?  Please let us know!

PROJECT CONTACT:  Heather Hulton VanTassel