A woman has exchanged wedding vows with a tree in an effort to draw attention to the destruction of green spaces near where she lives.
Kate Cunningham, 34, from Melling, Merseyside, tied the knot with an older tree in it Rimrose Valley Park, in Litherland, while family and friends watched this weekend.
The mother of two, who wore an olive-green dress, a self-made skirt and green pumps for the event, also announced that she would change her name in a deed survey of Kate Rose & # 39; Elder & # 39 ;, to the tree species with which she is now married.
Kate Cunningham (photo), 34, from Melling, on Merseyside, married an older tree in Rimrose Valley Park in Litherland on September 7 in protest against plans to build a bypass through her local land park
Miss Cunningham, who wore an olive-green dress, a self-made skirt and green pumps for the event, was married by the local actor, musician and poet, Davy Edge (left)
The mother of two, who also has a boyfriend, announced that she would change her last name to & # 39; Elder & # 39; to the tree species with which she is now married
She said: & # 39; At first it was just an idea. Then we decided that we would let it happen.
& # 39; It's a great day for all local communities to come together. It is our day. & # 39;
The symbolic ceremony, which was attended by dozens of guests and was performed by the local actor, musician and poet, Davy Edge, is the last attempt by local residents to stop plans to build a new bypass through Rimrose Valley.
The bypass, proposed by Highways England, is a three-mile double carriage designed to alleviate traffic congestion in the port of Liverpool.
Miss Cunningham said she was inspired by women activists from Mexico who held similar ceremonies to call attention to illegal logging and logging, and hoped to draw attention to the campaign to save Rimrose Valley Park.
The former assistant for behavioral support at primary school said her family and friend supported her decision.
She said: & # 39; My friend strongly supports my decision. He even helped make props for the ceremony.
& # 39; My oldest son was initially embarrassed when I told him I was going to do it, but he decided to come to the ceremony. It means a lot to him to be there.
The ceremony was the last attempt by local residents to stop plans to build a new three-mile detour through Rimrose Valley
& # 39; My father has supported me enormously. He has been in his van to help organize everything for the big day. & # 39;
Miss Cunningham, who wanted to get the full bridal experience, added that she also treated herself to a bachelor party the night before her big day.
She continued: & # 39; We had a small chicken gather last night in Rimrose by the tree to mark the occasion. & # 39;
My friend strongly supports my decision. He even helped make props for the ceremony …
The environmentalist said she thought she should take more of an unconventional approach to highlight the fate of Rimrose Valley.
She added: & # 39; The spark for this idea came when it was announced that the road would be laid.
& # 39; I have been a demonstrator marching on street demonstrations with thousands of other people, but it does not attract enough attention from people.
The former assistant for behavioral support at primary school said she was inspired by female activists from Mexico who held similar ceremonies to call attention to illegal logging and logging
& # 39; I want people to participate in the campaign and ask questions about the destruction of our green space. There are many local people who are not even aware of what is happening.
& # 39; This is very close to my heart. My mother died of an asthma attack and I suffer from a lung condition called bronchiectasis, which means that my own lungs are susceptible to infections.
& # 39; Plans to bulldoze this beautiful place for yet another busy road makes no sense and are an attack on our health.
& # 39; There is already too much pollution in our region and we urgently need a solution that addresses this; not one that will make it worse. & # 39;
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