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End is near for Toomer’s Corner oaks

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

It's the beginning of the end for the poisoned oaks at Toomer's Corner in Auburn.

"They are just symbols of what we think when we attend Auburn, we are a family, we are individuals but we come together as a whole," said AU student Jack Palmer.

Two years ago this month, AU learned the trees had been poisoned. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke was arrested, charged and awaits trial on April 8.

A Tree Task force was appointed and the university spent thousands of dollars trying to save the trees, but the damage could not be undone.

With each season, the oaks slowly deteriorated before our eyes as their leaves died and limbs were removed.

 "I didn't know they were going to cut them down," said AU student Andrew Christoph. "Just a little bit of hope, guess it's finally done and say goodbye."

Saying goodbye will be a community event. The University and the City is hosting a Celebrate the Tradition block party at Toomer's Corner, Saturday April 20 after the A-Day football game.

Fans will roll the trees for one last time and take pictures before the beloved oaks are removed.

"It will be a bittersweet feeling, one last time, definitely going to miss it." 

As Auburn fans say goodbye to the past, they will have an opportunity to glimpse the future of Toomer's Corner when landscaping plans are unveiled.

Fans will see the structures they will roll instead of the beloved oaks after they are cut down.

"Will you be here when they cut them down?" asked News Leader 9's Elizabeth White.

"I don't think so, I don't think I can handle it, to tell you the truth."

We do know the trees will be cut down and removed sometime after the April 20th block party and A-Day game; however, an exact date has not been set according to Auburn University. We will of course keep you updated.

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