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Future Auburn Oaks to grow in hi-tech environment
June 4, 2014
Although the exact species of trees that will replace Auburn's famed oaks has yet to be determined, the literal foundation for their survival is nearing completion at Toomer's Corner. The future oaks – scheduled for planting in early 2015 – will grow in a high-tech environment that will maximize their chances of living many years.
Construction crews have installed a modular, underground structural system known as Silva Cells, which are designed to support large tree growth while reducing soil compaction and providing stormwater management. The project in Samford Park is the first in Alabama to use Silva Cell technology.
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Tiger fans showed that not only is the Auburn Spirit is alive and well, but it is soaring to new heights! More than 83,000 fans filled Jordan-Hare Stadium to set an attendance record for A-Day, and later that evening they partied into the night with one final roll of the Auburn Oaks at Toomer's Corner. Generations gathered beneath the oaks one final time, sharing stories and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Even though they are physically gone, the mighty oaks will live on in the thousands of photographs taken Saturday and in the mementos being created from their wood. Below is a link to images and points of purchase for oaks-related merchandise, which includes images of items made from the actual wood.
To those who made the "Celebration of Tradition" a success, and to those who've gathered beneath the trees' shade for the last 80 years, War Eagle. It's GREAT to be an Auburn Tiger!
Last Updated: June 10, 2014