Florida women 'marry' ancient tree to save it

Florida women 'marry' ancient tree to save it

Florida women 'marry' ancient tree to save it

A 60-year-old woman from Fort Myers, FL, married a 100-year-old tree to "save" it from being chopped down by the city, ABC News reports.

In a push to save a beloved community tree, a Florida woman donned a white gown and pledged her undying love to a giant ficus at a wedding reception on Saturday.

Cooper told reporters that the removal of trees in Florida "something very serious", because the state has "lost so many trees in Hurricane Irma and for them to cut one down on goal is awful". The owners of the lot next to the park want the tree cut down.

Cooper said she was inspired by stories of women in Mexico who Wednesday trees to protest deforestation.

The tree is rooted on a city property, but some of its 8,000-square-foot canopy and root system extends over to a surrounding lot which has been put up for sale for $1 million.

The Beautification Advisory Board will discuss the famous ficus at its meeting Tuesday at Fort Myers City Hall. The mock wedding included floral arrangements, a ring-bearer performed by a dog, and a wedding cake decorated with tree-themed icing that read "Higher Love". The ring bearer for the freaky wedding ceremony was a precious canine, called Little Bear. "Let's do it,"' Cooper said. "If I'm allowed to touch the tree, trim the tree, prune the tree. because I don't want to be liable if the tree falls over onto the neighbor's house".

After a site visit last December, the city's public works department OK'd the tree's removal after the beautification board had been notified.

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However, Cooper's wedding was a little different than your average one. It was decided that $13,000 be spent on cutting down the looming ficus and replace it with smaller Geiger trees.

The tree seemingly agreed, keeping its roots in Snell Park for now.

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

The faux wedding drew over 50 people, including Ward 5 Councilman Fred Burson, who announced his support of the landmark.

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

"I'm not a whack job", Cooper said.

'If they cut down this tree, I'm going to be a widow, ' she told the News-Press.

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