Landscapers restore 100-plus year tradition

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For generations, fans of Auburn University athletics have celebrated wins and big moments in sports by tossing cases of toilet paper in the tops of the school’s famed Toomer’s Oaks.

That tradition was put on pause in 2011 when a fan of the University of Alabama, Auburn’s in-state rival, poisoned the trees following the Tigers’ victory over his beloved Crimson Tide in that year’s Iron Bowl. The trees, and tainted soil, were eventually removed.

Auburn fans celebrated Valentine’s Day by having landscapers plant two 35-foot trees where the 130-year old oaks once stood.

Check out this time lapse video of the planting of the trees.

Auburn fans still have a while to wait before fully restoring their tradition of rolling the trees. In order to give the new live oaks adequate time to take root and acclimate to their new environment, the school has asked fans to wait until fall 2016 before the tradition of rolling the trees can resume.

Auburn’s new trees came from a nursery owned by MeadWestvaco in Ehrhardt, South Carolina. Both are approximately 35 feet tall with 30-foot spreads.