A British woman who married a tree is celebrating the couple’s one-year wedding anniversary. Kate Rose Cunningham, now Kate Rose Elder, said “I do” to an Elder tree at Rimrose Valley Country Park in Sefton, Merseyside in 2019 and says it was the best decision she’s ever made and she has no plans on divorcing her new partner anytime soon.
- You might call her polyamorous. In addition to being married to a tree, Kate also has a real boyfriend and two kids, so it’s safe to say the relationship she has with the Elder isn’t monogamous. However, making such a serious commitment to the tree, which she visits up to five times a week, was a no-brainer since she immediately knew it was “The One.”
- Kate now has a “new purpose” since marrying the tree. There is a symbolic element to a woman being married to a tree for Kate. “I think getting married was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not once have I thought that I shouldn’t have done it. It’s something that I feel like happened at the right time,” she explained, according to LadBible. “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.”
- It’s really all about activism. After seeing Mexican activists marrying trees as a form of protest against illegal logging and land clearing, Kate knew she wanted to follow in their footsteps. For Kate, it was all about preventing Rimrose Valley Country Park from becoming a bypass to ease traffic congestion in the area. So far, Highways England has refused to consider alternate routes, though the construction, which was due to begin this spring, has been postponed because of COVID-19.
- All in all, it’s true love between Kate and the Elder. “One day I was looking around tree hunting. I was like, ‘Oh yea nice, nice, nice’ as I looked at the oaks, but as soon as I saw the Elder, I thought ‘that’s the one,'” she recalled of their meeting. “It doesn’t look like anything else around. I walked around it for a few hours because the park is so big. It’s very diverse with lots of different areas. This one stood alone amongst the tree. I just feel like trees are people. Sometimes you just know. You know if you feel attracted to someone or smile at them as you walk past, there’s just a natural attraction.”
Happy anniversary to them!