American woman marries a ficus tree to save it

Actress Opeyemi Aiyeola Recalls how she was Mocked on Wedding day

Actress Opeyemi Aiyeola Recalls how she was Mocked on Wedding day

"I'm not a whack job, but I'm not in favor of a whack job on this tree", said Cooper.

Karen Cooper, 60, Wednesday the tree during a community event on March 24 at the Snell Family Park as part of a neighborhood effort to save the tree from being cut down.

Emma McCabe told Elite Daily that she had finally found love with the poplar tree, after a slew of unsuccessful relationships with men, describing the sex she had with Tim the tree, as the best she had ever had.

'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".

The tree sits on city property, but its 8,000-square-foot canopy and root system encroach a next-door lot now up for sale for $1 million. "I think everyone feels that the tree should stay".

In December, the city's public works department approved the tree's removal.

The giant ficus managed to become the pivot of a controversy in the Snell Family Park neighborhood when people started discussing the need for cutting it down previous year.

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"We lost so many trees in Hurricane Irma and for them to cut one down on goal is bad", she said.

Three days ahead of the Beautification Advisory Board meeting, the wedding was staged while the tree's fate was on the agenda. "I need people to come to that meeting tomorrow, and if I have to marry a tree to do so, then I will", she said.

In the March 24, 2018, photo above, brides Karen Cooper, left, and Dana Foglesong pose for a wedding photo in front of their "groom", an ancient ficus tree they've vowed to cherish and protect in Fort Myers, Florida, in hopes of saving it.

"Every day city employees care for the trees and plants that give our city a sense of community and shared history", said the city in a statement.

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

Ward 5 Councilman Fred Burson, the only city official who attended the wedding on Saturday, vowed to fight for the ficus. Cooper had her friend and maid of honor, Ann Cason, stand with her, and the ring bearer was a pup named Little Bear. "It's still not decided, and that's what I don't understand".

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