UK Major Tree Planting Initiative Starts

Oak and elms. Photo by Jenny Wells. Credits: UKnow.

This upcoming year, expect 430 new trees on UK’s campus. Key areas around campus and Alumni Drive will be major planting sites. UK President Eli Capilouto and Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Wiseman announced the major tree planting initiative on April 30.

“The physical beauty of UK’s campus is one of the many attributes that makes us an attractive place to lean and work,” said Capilouto. He also mentioned that outdoor landscapes will add a rich dynamic to a college campus and collaboration between everyone who walks through it. Green spaces will be further enhanced with this addition to the Lexington urban environment.

The initiative is called “Planting for the Next 150 Years,” respectively named for the approaching 150th anniversary of UK in 2015.

“New buildings are leading our campus transformation right now, but it’s important to note that landscaping is also a large and important part of the overall plan,” said Wiseman.

Design plans will go along with the UK Campus Master Plan, which were both developed  by consultant Sasaki Associates. Below are the guidelines recommended for the campus.

  • Human connection
  • The experience of nature
  • Ecosystem benefits
  • Aesthetic value
  • Use
  • Efficient management

The tree species being planted this spring are: American elm, American linden bur oak, Chinese elm, chinquapin oak, honey locust, magnolia, shingle oak, shumard oak, swamp white oak and tulip tree.

Go here for more information on the project.


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