Largest Tree Planting In A Decade Underway At UK

Apr 30, 2014

University of Kentucky officials hope, in addition to “Seeing Blue,” students, faculty, and visitors will also see green this fall.

Trees ready to be planted at the University of Kentucky campus
Credit Josh James / WUKY

That’s if all goes as planned with a major tree planting effort spanning the campus.

"It's not just going to be a scattered planting here or there. We're making projects out of individual tree plantings. I think you'll see an overall new sense of place in some critical areas on campus," says UK Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Wiseman.

Close to 430 trees are set to be planted this year, including 200 along Alumni Drive, up to 25 on both sides of Avenue of Champions between Martin Luther King and Rose, and 20 on the lawn of the Main Building.    

UK president Eli Capilouto said new trees – mostly Kentucky natives such as American elm and honey locus – will create new green canopies like the one near Kirwan and Blanding towers.

The first half of the trees will go in the ground this spring, with the second half following in the fall.