Historic Lexington tree removed due to safety concerns

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A piece of Lexington history had to be removed for safety reasons.

Crews with the Kentucky Department of Highways cut down a historic Bur Oak Tree, along Spurr Road Friday.

Arborists estimate the tree to be at least 300-years old, but say the tree had not been growing much over the last decade.

The tree was leaning across Spurr Road, creating a traffic hazard for drivers.

"Bur oaks are my favorite tree and not to cut down, but to grow," says arborist Dave Leonard. "So I love all the old bur oaks so it's saddening. But hopefully we can get some knowledge out of it as well."

The tree was cut up into sections and will later be used for educational purposes.

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