A 100-year-old ficus tree that stands as a focal point of a local park in Fort Myers, Florida, has a bride.
Karen Cooper, 60, wed 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.
Karen said "When I heard the city was planning to cut it down, I was like, 'I don’t think so,'" Karen has lived in the area for almost 40 years and continued with "I'm just having fun with something very serious."
The city approved a request from a developer to have the tree removed, according to a spokesperson from the Fort Myers Public Works Office.
"We lost so many trees in Hurricane Irma and for them to cut one down on purpose is terrible," she added. "And this tree is fabulous."
Cooper said she was inspired by stories of women in Mexico who wed trees to protest deforestation.
"The ceremony was meant to encourage residents of the subdivision to come to city hall on Tuesday to show support for saving the tree," she explained. Hey, in this crazy world of ours, why not do something like this if you care enough about it, right? After all, she's not doing any harm, but it makes for a great story!