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Mark your calendars for Reforest the Bluegrass’ 25th anniversary

Learn more about this annual, volunteer-based event held in Fayette County since 1999.

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Volunteers of all ages are invited to join the event.

Photo by Amy Wallot (LFUCG)

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Heads up, Lexington: Reforest the Bluegrass is right around the corner.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coldstream Park (1850 Pisacano Dr.), this year marks the 25th anniversary of the event — aka its Silver jubilee.

Fun fact: The very first event was held at Coldstream Park and has returned this year to commemorate the milestone.


Contribute to the initiative responsible for restoring more than 200 acres of floodplains.

Photo by Amy Wallot (LFUCG)

What’s Reforest the Bluegrass?

This initiative is recognized as one of the largest urban reforestation programs in the country. The annual tree planting event works to increase Lexington’s urban tree canopy and assist in the protection of local waterways.

Forested areas near local waterways help serve as a riparian buffer, with native trees working to filter pollution, stabilize soil, and provide shelter and food for local wildlife.


The reforested sites volunteers contribute to are then maintained by the city.

Photo by Amy Wallot (LFUCG)

Community involvement

Over the last quarter century, thousands of volunteers have planted 215,000+ tree seedlings and restored 200+ acres of floodplains. Past restoration sites have included:

During the event, volunteers can expect music, food, and family-friendly fun. Pro tip: Stop by the education tent to check out interactive displays and games.


Typically, a 65% first-year survival rate can be expected.

Photo by Amy Wallot (LFUCG)

Reforest At Home

Get a free tree seedling to plant at home through Reforest at Home on Saturday, April 20.

Limited quantities of large shade and flowering ornamental species are available for Fayette County residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Swing by one of the following locations between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to grab your seedlings:

  • Shillito Park | 300 W. Reynolds Rd.
  • Jacobson Park | 4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd.
  • Living Arts and Science Center | 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Not sure what tree is best for your space? Take a look. Grab your best buds + volunteer.