brunswick forest fostering a community-minded culture
November 21, 2015Brunswick Forest
Brunswick Forest is not only building on its sales success and status as one of the fastest-growing communities in the coastal South, the development is continually increasing its focus on being good stewards and giving back. From the developer’s efforts to maintain a sustainable and innovative community, to employees who give back both locally and around the world, Brunswick Forest promotes a community-minded culture.
Attractive Lifestyle Benefits Entire Area
Since opening in 2007, Brunswick Forest has become a major contributor to the region’s significant growth. The community has welcomed more than 1,500 families and has brought a 160-acre commercial town center to the area, with new shops, services, medical buildings and restaurants being added all the time.
Additionally, Brunswick Forest’s fabulous amenities and active lifestyle attract people beyond the community’s boundaries. “We promote an overall lifestyle here and capitalize on the beauty of the coastal region,” says Brunswick Forest Director of Sales Jerry Helms. “When folks come to visit, we want to make sure they are as in love with the entire area as they are with Brunswick Forest.”
Good Stewardship Practices
In planning the community, Brunswick Forest’s developer has taken care to preserve the land’s natural beauty. Throughout the neighborhoods, water features and wooded areas enhance the overall aesthetics, as well as provide numerous opportunities to engage with the environment.
Brunswick Forest also favors sustainable landscaping techniques, featuring native plants that require less maintenance, are more resistant to diseases and pests, and support local wildlife. The community also maintains an annual tree-planting program and has its own tree nursery.
“Sustainability is something we take very seriously,” says Helms. “With its intertidal marshes, wetlands and maritime forests, southeastern North Carolina presents an extremely unique landscape not found anywhere else in the country. Because we make every effort to be good stewards of the environment, Brunswick Forest has been recognized with an award for Significant Achievement by the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition.”
Community Events and Activities
Brunswick Forest also holds a number of social and recreational events and activities that help enrich the surrounding community. A popular outdoor Summer Concert Series is open to the public, and the community holds periodic free outdoor movie nights, an annual trick-or-treat event at The Villages at Brunswick Forest, and a yearly Cardboard Boat Regatta.
Local nonprofit groups frequently use the community’s award-winning golf course, Cape Fear National, for large-scale charity golf tournaments, most notably the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Golf Tournament.
Employees and Residents Give Back
Brunswick Forest promotes a culture of giving back through the office, such as the annual Brunswick Forest Holiday Family Adoption Program, started by Brunswick Forest Builder Liaison Lynn Crawford. Each year, Crawford works through local churches and Brunswick County Schools to select families in need of assistance. Employees contribute toward buying gifts for the family’s children and providing all of the food needed for a holiday dinner.
Brunswick Forest employees also give back in their personal lives, participating in various charitable efforts locally and globally. Among the efforts of the staff: humanitarian mission trips, funding medical care for stray dogs and cats, contributing to the local food panty, and assisting local school children through collecting school supplies, sponsoring scholarships and volunteering with teen mentoring programs. Additionally, each holiday season, the staff at Cape Fear National sets up a tree for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, which provides Christmas presents to needy children. Residents are also involved with this program, as well as countless others.
“We have some wonderful folks who live and work here,” summarizes Helms. “I couldn’t be more proud to share the great things they do for the community and beyond.”