Lexington Tree Week kicks off this month

The University of Kentucky’s sixth annual tree week is returning with a ton of fun and educational events around town.

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Tree Week in Lexington is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the Bluegrass region and learn something new. | Photo by UKphoto

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UK’s sixth annual Tree Week kicks off today + runs through Sunday, Oct. 15., bringing a 10-day celebration of trees and green spaces.

Community events are taking place throughout the week, giving Lexingtonians the opportunity to take part in hands-on educational experiences. Think: guided hikes, art exhibits, and tree plantings.

Need to know

  • The Urban Forest Initiative is the host + sponsor of Tree Week, but it isn’t the organizer of every event.
  • Events are hosted by citizens + community groups.
  • “This is a community-created week,” said Mary Arthur, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Forestry at UK. “We create the umbrella for everyone to host events + help get the word out.”
Three people with shovels stand, smiling, as they prepare to plant trees.

The Tree Week Kick-Off event will feature tree planting, live music, and nature organizations. | Photo courtesy of Tree Week Planning Team


The initiative kicks off today with a signature tree-planting event at one of our local parks:

  • 2023 Tree Week Kick-off Event | Today, Oct. 6 | 5:30 p.m. | Castlewood Park, 201 Castlewood Dr. | Free | Partake in planting a ceremonial tree + enjoy music from Lylak while dining from delicious food trucks.

Following the kick-off party, there are 50+ more events taking place over the course of the campaign. Here’s a few of our favorites:

Check out the full lineup of events.

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