It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas – or Christmas trees.
The city of Lexington needs three nicely-shaped live trees to place at several downtown parks and decorate for the holidays. In return for their donations, the city and KU will remove the trees free of charge to the owners.
The trees should be:
* 40- to 50-feet high
* 20- to 25-feet wide
Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce or Douglas fir (no White Pine).
“All trees will be inspected to determine if they are suitable,” said Jeff Giles, landscape supervisor with the Division of Parks and Recreation. “If your tree is chosen, the city and Kentucky Utilities will remove it at no cost on either November 18th or November 19th and provide stump grinding after removal.”
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 and lit on Friday, November 29.
“This is a great way to honor a tree, by donating it for the pleasure of the community,” Giles said.
The trees must also meet the following guidelines:
* Have a pyramidal shape, with fullness especially at the bottom
* The body of the trees should have few or no holes
* The trees should not be growing into houses or into other trees
* Access must be provided with clearance of at least 10 feet in width, with no power lines growing in the trees
* 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 at 3-1-1 or 859-425-2255 if they want to donate a tree. If a tree is chosen, property owners will be contacted with details of the removal.