Workmen labored through snow-showers and bitter cold Thursday to prune and clear brush from around a 300-year-old bur oak tree in Zandale.
The work is to preserve the 87-foot tall tree, along with another slightly smaller bur oak nearby, that stand on a site that will be developed for a new extended-stay hotel off Professional Heights Drive. Arborist Dave Leonard, whose firm is doing the work, said years of neglect had allowed the trees to be overrun by honeysuckle and climbing vines, which crews had to cut and dig out. The largest tree, 61 inches in diameter, was well-established long before settlers reached Kentucky. But Leonard said the trees appear to be strong and healthy and should flourish once the restoration work is done.
"They'll be beautiful this summer," he said.