Branching Out

A Celebration of 20 Years of Reforest the Bluegrass

Lexington is partnering with community groups, neighborhoods, schools and local businesses to plant trees at 20 sites. Our vision is to plant established trees on smaller sites that are not suitable for a traditional Reforest the Bluegrass event. Branching Out planting areas will be located throughout Lexington, with high need areas given priority.

Since 1999, Reforest the Bluegrass has brought hundreds of volunteers together to plant thousands of trees on one day in April. Over the program’s history, an estimated 15,500 volunteers have planted 136,000 trees.

We want to celebrate 20 years by expanding that effort to include 20 planting events. The Branching Out program will plant significant trees that range in cost from $80 – $200. These large trees will have an immediate and lasting impact. 

Want to become a sponsor?

Trees benefit Lexington. They improve air quality, help keep our city cooler, mitigate the impacts of stormwater, provide shade for our homes and playgrounds and increase property values. They are a great investment. In order to make the program successful, we need to reach a goal of $30,000 to cover the costs.

Interested in being a sponsor? Choose a sponsorship level that best fits your organization.  

View the sponsorship benefits 

Map of planting sites

Planting events

Future events TBD. Please refer to the map above for planting sites.

Past planting events were held at:

William Wells Brown Elementary
Tates Creek Elem School
Frederick Douglass High School
Crawford Middle School
Clay's Mill Elementary School
Yates Elementary
Hisle Park Farm
University of Kentucky
Masterson Station Park
Preston’s Cave Springs 
Cane Run Greenway 


John's Run/Walk Shop
Kentucky American Water
University of Kentucky
Sierra Club: Bluegrass Group, Cumberland Chapter