The mum of two left her boyfriend at home as she marked her first wedding anniversary.

Kate Cunningham said she and the tree are more loved-up than ever and they have no plans to divorce.

The traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary is paper.

The 38-year-old said it was one of the best decisions she has ever made when she married the tree at Rimrose Valley Country Park in Sefton, Merseyside in September last year.

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She celebrated her first year of marriage with two friends and some elderflower champers – leaving her boyfriend and two kids at home. She admits her 15-year-old son is “a little” embarrassed.

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The former teaching assistant admitted that she sometimes clocks up to five visits a week and will forever remain ‘tree-voted’.

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

She immediately knew it was “the one” and is regularly spotted climbing the branches.

Kate added: “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.

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“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 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.”

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Kate, who works a carer for her son, who has autism, wore an olive dress and floral headdress as she said her nuptials with the towering tree, last year.

It was inspired by female activists in Mexico who held similar ceremonies as a form of protest to raise awareness of illegal logging and land clearing.

Likewise, she hoped the whacky tactic would attract attention to the campaign to save Rimrose Valley Country Park from being transformed into a bypass by Highways England.

 


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