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City seeks Christmas tree donation

If you have an evergreen tree you are planning to remove this fall, the city of Lexington hopes you'll consider donating it for use downtown as a Christmas tree.

The city wants four special evergreen trees to decorate several downtown locations. They should be 40 to 50-feet high and 20- to 25-feet wide and nicely shaped. The variety of trees selected includes scotch pine, balsam fir or fraser fir. If selected, the city and Kentucky Utilities will remove the trees in early November at no cost to the owners and transport them downtown to be decorated.

“All trees will be inspected to determine if they are suitable,” said Penny Ebel, special events director for the city. “To donate, the owners should call LexCall at 3-1-1, before October 29th.”

The trees will be placed in Triangle Park at Main and Broadway; the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza at Main and Limestone; The Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden at Midland and Third Street; and in front of the Kentucky Utilities building on Quality Street.

They will be decorated by the city’s Division of Parks and Recreation in time for a tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, November 26.

The trees should meet the following guidelines:
•Have an attractive pyramidal shape, with fullness at the bottom;
•The body of the tree should have few or no holes;
•The tree should not be growing into a house or other trees;
•Access must be provided with clearance of at least 10 feet in width, with no power lines growing into the tree;
•There should be no obstacles – such as buildings – preventing access;
•The location should allow for a low-boy trailer to be backed up to the tree and KU trucks to park on either side.

Property owners should call LexCall at 3-1-1 to offer their trees. For more information, call 859-258-3100.

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