Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wanted: Three large evergreen trees to
bring holiday cheer to downtown Lexington
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is looking for three evergreen trees this year that owners are willing to donate for use as community trees in three prominent downtown locations.
“All trees will be inspected to determine if they are suitable,” said Jeff Giles, landscape supervisor for the city. “If your tree is chosen, the city and Kentucky Utilities will remove it at no cost on either Nov. 12 or Nov. 13, and provide stump grinding after removal.”
Christmas Tree at Triangle Park. (Photo from Kaintuckian.com)
The trees will be placed in Triangle Park at Main and Broadway; Isaac Murphy Park at Third Street and Midland Avenue; and in front of the KU Building on Quality Street. They will be decorated by the city and lit, beginning Friday Nov. 23.
The trees must meet the following guidelines:
• Have a pyramidal shape, with fullness especially at the bottom;
• The body of the tree should have few or no holes;
• The tree should not be growing into a house or other trees;
• Access must be provided with clearance of at least 10 feet in width, with no power lines growing in the tree;
• There should be no other obstacles – such as buildings- preventing access;
• Must be able to back a low-boy trailer up to the tree and place KU trucks on either side.
Property owners should call LexCall 3-1-1 if they want to donate a tree. If a tree is chosen, property owners will be contacted with details of the removal.
“This is a great way to honor a tree, by donating it for the pleasure of the community,” Giles said.