With Auburn’s famed Toomer’s Oaks unable to be saved, the school has decided to remove the trees. But not without giving them a glorious send-off.
Following the Tigers’ spring scrimmage on April 20, fans are invited to cover the oak trees in toilet paper one last time — just as if Auburn had won a big game – as part of a “Celebrate the Tradition” block party at Toomer’s Corner. The date of the trees’ removal is yet to be determined.
“We want people to be upbeat about the future of this area,” said Debbie Shaw, Auburn’s vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association. “Rolling the corner is a uniquely Auburn tradition, and whether we roll trees or other structures, the camaraderie and sense of togetherness is part of what makes Auburn a special place.”
The trees were poisonened in 2010, allegedly by Alabama super fan Harvey Updyke, whose trial over the incident is set for April 8th.