A treasured piece of Auburn’s past will return this fall.
Jim Little of the Opelika-Auburn News reports that the new oaks at Toomer’s Corner have been declared healthy enough to allow rolling. Little spoke with Gary Keever, a professor of horticulture at Auburn, and Keever said a fence will stay around the trees to keep people off the root system until it can grow stronger.
Still, the trees are ready to roll.
“The rolling itself doesn’t have any impact on the trees,” Keever told Little. “We’re going to remove the toilet paper by hand. There should be a minimal, if any, impact in contrast to the fire hoses that we used to use.”
This is great news for Auburn. The 2010 incident in which Harvey Updyke, an Alabama fan, poisoned the former oak trees at Toomer’s Corner with herbicide showed the dark side of SEC passion. In 2013, the affected trees were cut down after rescue attempts over two years.
The return of this fine tradition won’t take away the memory of Updyke’s act. But this is a fine way to move into the future.