Woman who married a tree celebrates first wedding anniversary

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A 35-year-old mother of two, Kate Cunningham, has celebrated her first-year marriage to a tree at Sefton, Merseyside.

The British woman said being married to the tree at Rimrose Valley country park in Sefton, was the best decision she has ever made. Kate celebrated her first wedding anniversary with two friends and some elderflower champers.

She said: “Trees will always come first. They do keep us alive.”

“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 which 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.”

The ceremony was attended by dozens and the local musician and poet Davy Edge performed. Her marriage was influenced by Mexican female activists who held similar ceremonies as a form of protest to raise awareness of illegal logging and land clearing.

Kate said she hope the tactics would help attract attention to the campaign to save Rimrose Valley Country Park from being transformed into a bypass by Highways England.

She has called for an annual ‘Marry A Tree Day’ and encouraged more Brits to wed their local shrub.

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