What is Ormewood Forest?

Ormewood Forest is 6.1 acres of old-growth trees, abundant wildlife and a headwater creek nestled in the heart of East Atlanta. The historically green property, between Ormewood Avenue and Shadowridge Drive, is at risk of being developed. Save Ormewood Forest is an effort to preserve the property, its extensive tree canopy, and the wildlife depending on it.
Trees

Trees

Ormewood Forest provides a massive tree canopy made up of Poplar, White Oak, Northern Red Oak and Evergreens, some of which are over 100 years old. Diverse wildlife, including over 50 species of birds, call Ormewood Forest their home

Community

Community

In a city where natural spaces are exceedingly rare and increasingly desired, Ormewood Forest offers a unique opportunity to the community for preservation, recreation, and enjoyment

Water

Water

Within Ormewood Forest begins a first order headwater stream that leads to Intrenchment Creek and South River before joining Ocmulgee River and finally Altamaha before reaching the Atlantic Ocean

Our Objectives

Our Objectives

We have requested and the City of Atlanta has approved the use of available funding, including the Tree Recompense Fund, to purchase the property located at 770 Shadowridge Drive so that it can be preserved, maintained, and enjoyed by the community. Unfortunately, a developer bought the property before the city could.
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"Trees Atlanta strongly supports the motion by East Atlanta residents to protect the 6-acre property known as Ormewood Forest. With a dense tree canopy and numerous centuries-old trees on-site, the ecosystem services provided by such a forest are immense and far-reaching. As a community greenspace, Ormewood Forest would continue to be an asset to the East Atlanta community, the South River Watershed, and all of the vegetation and wildlife who depend on that land for habitat. Protecting Ormewood Forest represents a significant investment in our urban ecological infrastructure."

Notable partners

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