Trees Cut Down In Gratz Park

Chain-saws were busy in one of Lexington's oldest parks today, with the removal of some centuries-old trees.

Four yellow poplar trees will be taken out this week. An expert found them structurally weak. Lightning had struck one of the trees, and all had bug infestations.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports the trees were planted in the 1800's by Frederick Law Olmsted, a famous landscaper.

The Gratz Park Neighborhood Association had the trees cut down, after hiring an arborist to survey ninety-seven trees in the park and evaluate their safety.

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