An ordinance to establish a Tree Board was passed by the Council in 2012. The Tree Board is limited to 7 members. Council member is a nonvoting member. The other nonvoting member is the certified City Arborist. The first certified arborist was Mike Hayman. The current certified arborist is Caroline Westfall. The Board generally meets bimonthly.

In 2023, City of Windy Hills was designated a Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation. Click here for the press release.

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The Tree Board’s main objective is to promote the expansion of a healthy tree canopy and to ensure that the existing trees are not a danger to the public. It submits an application to the Arbor Day Foundation annually to maintain its Tree City USA status. A written yearly work plan is submitted to the Council for approval.

The Board hosts an annual Arbor Day, with an educational component, i.e. a pruning demonstration or how to plant a tree correctly, etc. It also offers Windy Hills’ residents a subsidy to plant up to two trees in their yards. The current chairperson is Scott Breland.

An annual Arbor Day Celebration will be planned for 2024.  Click  here for the Official Proclamation.

The 2024 Arbor Day Celebration is likely to be held in October.  More details to come.

Please note, there are no minutes for 2020-2021 due to COVID restrictions.  Click here for archived minutes.

The Tree Board has set a schedule of meetings for the 2024-25 fiscal year that will be posted on the City web site. The time will be 7:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Meetings will be held at 5800 Coach Gate Wynde event room, Windy Hills, Kentucky 40207.

● Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.
● Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.

2024 Tree Board Meeting Minutes

March 20, 2024

January 17, 2024


2023 Tree Board Meeting Minutes

November 15, 2023

September 20, 2023

August 9, 2023

May 27, 2023

April 19, 2023

January, 25, 2023


2022 Tree Board Meeting Minutes

September 22, 2022



Ordinance No 12-04 Establishing a Tree Board

Tree Planting List

Note: Street trees, typically located between the sidewalk and curb or in the right-of-way, provide several benefits to our community. They help define our city’s character and increase property values.

The Tree Planting List includes trees that are approved and not approved for planting as street trees. No species other than those approved on this list may be planted as street trees without written permission from the Tree Board.

The Tree Board also encourages homeowners to follow this list when planting within their property lines.

City of Windy Hills is a proud member of the Tree City USA Community.