Residents stand up for the ‘Oak’ in Oakhurst


Lauded for one of the lushest tree canopies in Charlotte, the Oakhurst neighborhood celebrated its 100yr anniversary in 2015. They created sign toppers featuring an iconic oak tree, designed and selected by the neighborhood. Now residents are passionately standing up for the ‘Oak’… and maple and hickory… in Oakhurst.

“I love all of the development in Oakhurst, but I want us to also maintain a beautiful tree canopy in our community,” says Erika Aldag.

Earlier this year, she applied for the NeighborWoods program, a collaboration between TreesCharlotte and the City of Charlotte to plant trees and educate residents. Erika hopes Oakhurst will be chosen. She’s working with the Oakhurst Community Neighborhood Association (OCNA) and wants to rally feedback from residents to bolster her case.

father and son planting tree

Community leader Liz Millsaps Haigler says, “The OCNA Board is totally behind this as we have lost over 15 acres of trees in less than a year, just in Amity Gardens and Oakhurst.”

Development & Projects

There are multiple private and City projects going on right now. No doubt you have noticed the construction along Monroe Road, which includes both the Shade Valley Road realignment and roundabout and the first segment of the Monroe Road Streetscape. (MoRA has more on that coming very soon.)

Construction behind Oakhurst Baptist Church
Oakhurst clearing
Shade Valley realignment & Monroe Rd Streetscape

Residents, give your feedback!

Why do YOU think Oakhurst should be selected by TreesCharlotte to get a tree adoption/giveaway event?

Send your thoughts to Erika at by this weekend. You can also send along photos of areas of the neighborhood you believe could use more trees.

  Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA) is grassroots group of volunteers from Monroe Road neighborhoods, businesses, nonprofits, and schools. We’re connecting community in the corridor from Lupie’s/7th Street to NC-51.