Lexington city officials looking for two Christmas trees

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Christmas tree lighting at Triangle Park Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Amy Wallot

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – We may be more than a hundred days out from Christmas but it’s never too early to start thinking about the tree. If you’re looking to get rid of one, the City of Lexington says it will take it off your hands.

City officials say they are looking for two large evergreen trees to use in Triangle Park and in front of the Kentucky Utilities building on Quality Street for Christmas celebrations.

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If your tree is chosen, it will be picked up free of charge. There is no compensation for the tree owner but the removal and stump grinding will be free.

If you’d like to donate one, the city says they have to meet several guidelines:

  • 40- to 50-feet high
  • 20- to 25-feet wide
  • Be a Norway spruce; Colorado blue spruce; or a Douglas fir
  • 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 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 that may prevent access
  • Must be able to back a low-boy trailer up to the tree and place KU trucks on either side.

The chosen trees will be decorated and lit Saturday, November 30, as part of Luminate Lexington presented by Kentucky Utilities. Property owners should call LexCall at 3-1-1 or Victoria Hamm at (859) 277-8703 if they want to donate a tree.

You will be contacted by the city if your tree is chosen.