"Marrying the tree has given me a new purpose," says Kate who has changed her name to Elder.
A woman from Liverpool is celebrating her first wedding anniversary. But, she can't really go for a fancy date in a restaurant because her husband is stationary. Well, she's married to a tree! According to Mirror Online, she left her boyfriend and her two children at home to mark the occasion. Kate Cunningham, who changed her surname to Elder when she and the elder tree tied the knot, says that she's completely in love with the tree and that she has no plans of getting a divorce. The 38-year-old says this is one of the best decisions she's made in her life when she got married at Rimrose Valley Country Park in Sefton, Merseyside in September last year.
She celebrated her first year with two of her close friends and some elderflower champers. She claims that her 15-year-old son is a "little embarrassed". Kate, a former teaching assistant, says she will forever remain "tree-voted" and sometimes visits her husband in the park five times a week. “Trees will always come first. They do keep us alive." She said she immediately knew it was the one, and spends time climbing the branches of her favorite tree. “I think getting married was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Me and my friends went over to the tree and said hello for a small celebration, a couple of days ago."
"It was a little gathering with two friends where we raised a toast and had a glass of elderflower champagne. Not once have I thought that I shouldn’t have done it. It’s something that I feel like happened at the right time. Despite causing a little bit of embarrassment for my 15-year-old, he sees the bigger picture now and understands what it’s for. It’s something that has made me feel a bit more confident about myself. I don’t care about what anyone else says. Marrying the tree has given me a new purpose. I’ve changed my name to Elder. So even that gives me a whole new feeling. It fits in with married life as well, I feel like a changed person.”
Her wedding ceremony was attended by dozens and the local musician and poet Davy Edge performed. Kate says her wedding was inspired by activists in Mexico who held similar ceremonies as a form of protest to raise awareness of illegal logging and land clearing. Kate hoped at the time that her wedding would shed some light on the campaign to save Rimrose Valley Country Park from being transformed into a bypass by Highways England. The proposal has now been halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but Kate hopes she can put a permanent halt to Highway England's plan.
Roger Moore-Carter commented on Facebook: Sounds a bit seedy. I hope she's never a beech to him. He's probably a lot alder than her. Does he pine for her when she goes away? She looks like she'd be quite poplar. I'm mostly just curious as to how they root? Sule Sadiq shared: She married a tree and actually celebrated an anniversary, wth I have to say I wood not have believed it unless I saw it. I bet the day was a sappy affair. Filled with loads of root beer. Simon Spencer shared: She must be happy getting wood every night, I bet she’s only with him for his paper. She had to cut him open just to get a ring. He can’t go anywhere but she’s scared that one day he’ll want to up root and leaf. When asked what the tree is like she said he’s shady but his bark is worse than his bite.