Three years after Harvey Updyke poisoned the famed trees at Toomer’s Corner at Auburn, the university has declared the area at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College Street is ready to see new trees planted.
— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) May 2, 2014
“The project team is very excited to declare the site clear after over three years of first trying to save the historic Oaks, remorsefully taking them down and now fully remediating the site for new trees to be transplanted,” said a statement from the Office of the University Architect Facilities Management.
Updyke, an Alabama fan poisoned the trees after the 2010 Iron Bowl and was convicted of criminal damage after pleading guilty in 2013 and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years on supervised probation.
Toomer’s Corner is where fans go after football games to roll the historic oak trees in toilet paper in celebration. There was a final rolling at last year’s spring game that saw more than 75,000 people in attendance.
Now Auburn fans can celebrate the good news and look forward to the growth of the new trees.