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City of Lexington seeking neighborhood volunteers to coordinate Great American Cleanup event

Know of an area in your neighborhood that could use some TLC and want to help improve Lexington’s environment? If so, consider coordinating a Great American Cleanup event. Through the Great American Cleanup, Keep Lexington Beautiful encourages organizations, churches, schools, businesses, clubs, and individuals to pick up litter in a neighborhood, park, roadway, greenway or stream. Last year, Lexington...

United Parcel Service, Keep Lexington Beautiful team for tree, shrub planting thanks to KAB grant

A Greek Proverb tells us that a “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” While that wasn’t exactly the inspiration behind the planting of 35 trees and 32 shrubs on Polo Club Blvd. on Friday, it wasn’t far from it either. “When I heard that UPS had donated money for the trees, I knew I wanted to be a part of planting them,” says Jacque...

Volunteers needed to plant seedlings as part of Reforest the Bluegrass program at Hisle Farm Park

For 18 years now, volunteers have come together to plant roots in Lexington’s future. Since 1999, volunteers have planted some 128,000 tree seedlings to improve streamside habitat and water quality as part of Reforest the Bluegrass. This year’s event is being held at Hisle Farm Park, 3551 Briar Hill Road, on Saturday, April 15. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are advised to dress...

Volunteers complete revitalization of Red Mile Trace Trail with help of $20,000 grant from Lowe’s

With the help of 68 volunteers, 18 city employees, and a $20,000 grant from Lowe’s, the Red Mile Place Trail, located between Red Mile Road and Cisco Road, has been revitalized. “Our goal was to reclaim an existing hiking/biking/nature trail and to provide a safe and naturally enhanced environment for the public to enjoy,” says Susan Plueger, executive director of the Keep Lexington Beautiful...

New agreement ensures future of Arboretum; to be signed at Arbor Day festivities April 26

By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward   The Arboretum is recognizing 28 years of partnership between the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and the University of Kentucky as part of its Arbor Day festivities on April 26.   The partnership began in 1986 with an agreement to develop 100 acres of university property as an arboretum for use by faculty, students, staff and the general...