Woman Marries Landmark Tree in Bid To Save It

Woman Marries Landmark Tree in Bid To Save It

A woman in Florida has married a 100-year-old tree in an effort to save it from being torn down. No you don't need more coffee, you read that right!

The bride, Karen Cooper, Wednesday the century-old tree in Snell Family Park on Saturday, March 24, and the ceremony became a large community event.

The tree is at risk of getting removed after an inquiry from a possible land buyer nearby.

She staged the wedding three days ahead of Tuesday's Beautification Advisory Board meeting, when the tree's fate is on the agenda.

'So I saw that and I thought, "Oh we should marry the ficus tree" - kind of giggle, giggle - but everyone thought it's a really good idea, so I said, "OK". Myers tree, whose 8,000-foot canopy graces a park near her home.

"All I was doing was my due diligence on the lot", he told the Fort Myers Beautification Advisory Board, according to the Associated Press.

Neighbors of Snell Family Park in Fort Myers are hoping to save an old fig tree that shades the park.

Cooper and her tree guardians will be there, cheering him on. The ring bearer for the freakish wedding ceremony was a precious canine, called Little Bear.

The tree was reportedly scheduled to come down after a request from a developer was approved, a spokesperson from the Fort Meyers Public Works Office told ABC.

She says the wedding was handsome, and the tree seemingly agreed. It was decided that $13,000 be spent on cutting down the looming ficus and replace it with smaller Geiger trees.

City spokeswoman Stephanie Schaffer said in a statement to the Review-Journal that the city was "moving forward to save the Snell Park ficus tree". Once word spread that the 100-year-old tree was in danger, neighbors organized a campaign of protests, including the Saturday wedding.

She added: 'Every day city employees care for the trees and plants that give our city a sense of community and shared history'.

"Vowing to protect and preserve and celebrate this tree", Cooper said.

But as they said in their statement, the city now appears to be in favor of saving it.

"It's still not saved", she said.

"The tree is the focal point of a very sweet neighborhood park, and without it, the park would just be a vacant lot", she said.

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