University of Kentucky plans to plant 430 trees this year

lblackford@herald-leader.comApril 30, 2014 

The University of Kentucky provided this photo of some of more than 400 trees that will be planted on campus in the coming year. Photo by Jenny Wells

The University of Kentucky will plant 430 trees as part of a new initiative to improve the campus landscape.

Half of the trees will be part of a federal flood-management project along Alumni Drive between Nicholasville Road and Commonwealth Street, in an area that has had flooding problems in recent years.

The first trees to be planted will be a new grove in front of the Main Building near South Limestone.

"The physical beauty of UK's campus is one of the many attributes that makes us an attractive place to learn and work," UK President Eli Capilouto said. "Inviting outdoor landscapes add a rich dynamic to a college campus — fostering collaboration among students, faculty and staff, and welcoming university visitors. This initiative will further enhance our green spaces amid Lexington's urban environment."

Nearly 130 trees will be planted this spring and 80 to 100 in the fall. In addition, the Alumni Drive area will get more than 200 trees, all on the south side of the road.

The initiative is called "Planting for the Next 150 Years," part of UK's 150th anniversary next year.

The plantings will complement UK's new master plan, which called for more green space. The trees will be planted in 16 designated areas around campus, including:

■ A grove of nearly 20 trees on the north portion of the lawn in front of the Main Building.

■ Approximately 12 trees along the walkway from Rose Street to the William T. Young Library.

■ Approximately 30 trees along the walkway from Funkhouser Drive to Patterson Drive between McVey, Kastle, Pence, Grehan and Margaret I. King buildings.

■ Between 15 and 20 trees on both sides of Avenue of Champions between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Rose Street.

Most of the planned tree species are native to Kentucky. They will include American elm, American linden, bur oak, Chinese elm, chinquapin oak, honey locust, magnolia, shingle oak, shumard oak, swamp white oak and tulip tree.

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lbblackford

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