Lexington launches new initiative to increase tree canopy

Lex grow some trees, y’all.

A shaded path surrounded by trees and low-lying plants

LFUCG wants to focus on restoring and replenishing our tree canopy. | Photo by LEXtoday

Wood you beleaf it? In an effort to expand Lexington’s tree canopy, the city announced a new initiative called Lex Grow Trees.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council has allotted $1.5 million for the program, which will be put toward:

  • Planting new trees
  • Making sure existing trees are taken care of
  • Hosting educational sessions that share the importance of trees for our economy, environment, health, and society

Applications are being accepted now for the first round of funding — $500,000 with a single maximum award of $100,000. Nonprofits, neighborhood associations, and businesses are encouraged to apply by April 26.
Lex Grow Trees will host two learning sessions to share tree-planting tips + best practices for grant application.

  • In person | Wednesday, March 27, 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the Northside Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road.
  • Virtual | Thursday, March 28, 6:30–7:30 p.m.