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Lexington seeking 2 Christmas trees for downtown

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Do you have a large evergreen tree that is nicely shaped that you want removed from your property? If so, consider donating it for the city to use for Lexington’s holiday season celebration.

Bring holiday magic to the entire city of Lexington by having your tree chosen as the beacon of cheer and merriment. City officials will evaluate all trees and select the two chosen for the city Christmas trees. If your tree is chosen, the city and Kentucky Utilities will coordinate with the property owner to remove it in early November. There’s no financial compensation, however removal of the tree and stump grinding is free.

The chosen trees will be placed in Triangle Park and in front of the KU building on Quality Street. They will be decorated and lit Friday, Nov. 27, as part of Luminate Lexington presented by Kentucky Utilities. Help your tree live out its Christmas destiny.

The trees need to meet the following 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.

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.