September 2017 Park Angel of the Month: English Drews

English Drews is no stranger to the parks of Charleston. As a child, her father took her to Allan Park to play.

English says her love for nature began with her father. She recalls, “He would grow Camellias in our backyard.” Even at an early age English helped her father with gardening, which still inspires her to this day.

Later in life English took her love for the outdoors even further when she became a Park Angel with the Conservancy two years ago. Soon she became a Lead Park Angel — Lead Angels rally other volunteers, serve as spokespeople for the organization, and educate the community about the Conservancy’s mission.

After renovating her family’s multi-generational home, English officially moved back to Hampton Park Terrace where she’s taken on even more responsibilities as an Aqua Angel for Allan Park.

Her favorite thing about volunteering with the Charleston Parks Conservancy: “Flexibility, fellowship, and the pleasure of working together.”

English says, “My day is exponentially better when it starts in the parks.” When it comes to spending the day with friends and nature she laughs, “There’s no better way to start your day.”

English also dedicates her time to other community groups like Charleston Moves.

You can catch English and her infectious smile Tuesday and Thursdays at Garden in the Parks and watering in Allan Park as an Aqua Angel on Wednesdays.

Learn how you can become an Aqua Angel volunteer [here](https://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/volunteer).

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