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Plant forthe Planet
Our goal is to make tree planting projects easier and more successful!

Trees Lexington is committed to following best practices in tree planting and maintenance, and educating people about the important roles trees play in our lives.


In Lexington, our current tree canopy cover is 25% and our work pursues the citywide goal of 30%. More than 70% of plantable space in Lexington is on private property, and we look forward to shading in that area with a beautiful and thriving tree canopy. Want to join us? Fill out our form and we will be in touch to discuss your ideas with you!

Volunteers and Trees Lexington board members and staff celebrate planting 40+ trees at William Wells Brown Elementary in November 2024. 

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What does collaborating with Trees Lexington look like?

"Plant for the Planet" at STEAM Academy

Tree canopy cover projection at STEAM Academy. Plan by ISA-Certified Arborist Stacy Borden. 

With support from a Plant for the Planet grant award from LG&E+KU Foundation, students from STEAM Academy, STEAM Sustainability Club and their Biology teacher, Dr. Michael Lauer, will plant 37 trees with Trees Lexington at the end of March. This project is designed to educate on the "right tree, right place" rule of tree planting. Thank you to LG&E+KU Foundation for their support! More information on this project coming soon. 

Enterprise Mobility's Urban Tree Initiative at Frederick Douglass High School

With support from Enterprise Mobility's Urban Tree Initiative, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, Trees Lexington is planting 50+ trees at Frederick Douglass High School in April 2024. In addition to sponsorship, Enterprise Mobility will have approximately 30 volunteers on site to plant trees with Trees Lexington. Plans previously designed by UK Landscape Architecture students Jacob Johnson and Brooke Tyree in 2019 will provide guidance and inspiration to the final design and installation.

Part of a landscape plan designed by Brooke Tyree in 2019 at University of Kentucky College of Landscape Architecture. 

Collaborate for Tree Canopy -  "Lex Grow Trees"!

The application window for funding Fall 2024 projects opens soon! Please visit to learn more. If you have a project that needs funding and our tree planting and maintenance expertise,  fill out our form! We'd love to collaborate with you to grow

Lexington's tree canopy!

In the fall of 2023, Trees Lexington was granted funding through Lexington Fayette Urban County Government to plant 101 trees in a pilot project for Lex Grow Trees. After determining the three Council Districts with the lowest tree canopy, Trees Lexington used data from LFUCG's 2022 Tree Canopy Assessment and the TreePlotter mapping tool to identify planting sites in those districts. Trees Lexington partnered with Oakdale Apartments, William Wells Brown Elementary School, and Bainbridge Place. At each site, Trees Lexington engaged Contour Collaborative to create the landscape plan. Klausing Group, a landscape contractor, planted the 40 balled & burlapped trees. Community planting days were held at each site. Across these events, 146 volunteers were educated on the importance and benefits of a healthy tree canopy. They were instructed on proper planting and mulching techniques, and planted a total of 61 young trees from 3-gallon sized containers. Some of the volunteers had never picked up a shovel or pushed a wheelbarrow, and many celebrated planting their first tree.

L-R Volunteers at Oakdale Apartments break up compacted soil before planting an oak tree. At William Wells Brown Elementary School, volunteers loosen the sides of the planting hole. Board members Stacy Borden and Nancy Barnett plant a tree with children who were excited to plant their first trees. 

©Trees Lexington! Photos by Sally Lambert-Warfield

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