Final farewell to Toomer's Oaks set for April 23 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Final farewell to Toomer's Oaks set for April 23

Before and after photos of the oaks. Source: Auburn University Before and after photos of the oaks. Source: Auburn University
AUBURN, AL (WBRC) -

Auburn University and the city council have announced the final farewell for the historic and beloved Oaks at Toomer's Corner.

After two years of exhaustive efforts to save the iconic trees, the university will remove them April 23, weather permitting. An official with the school says "the only option we have at this point is to remove" the trees.

But fans will have one last chance to roll the oaks following the A-Day football game April 20 during a "Celebrate the Tradition" block party. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. in the College Street and Magnolia Avenue intersection.

The April 23 removal is tentatively set for 7 a.m.

University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke is accused of poisoning the trees. Updyke has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to charges that include desecrating a venerable object. A judge ruled recently that his trial could be moved from Lee County to Elmore County because Auburn sits in the former county.

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