I bet this smelly hippy will be off for a long hot bath followed with some serious pruning:
A SLOW and silent descent from a platform 60m up a giant, 400-year-old tree marked the end of Australia’s longest tree-sit protest.
And a simple hug from the grandfather of forestry protests, Bob Brown, celebrated the reign of Miranda Gibson as Tasmania’s leading eco-warrior.
A nearby bushfire forced Ms Gibson from her treetop vigil as her feet touched the ground for the first time in 450 days yesterday.¬†
But she vowed to keep up the fight as Dr Brown was the first to greet the 31-year-old as she came back to earth.
“What a brilliant Australian she is and what a terrific statement she’s made for the planet,” he said.
“Miranda’s tree, when she got up there, was going to be a pile of woodchip. Now it’s going to be World Heritage.”
The activist first climbed to the top of a 400-year-old eucalypt in the Styx Valley, about 100km north-west of Hobart, in December 2011.
Despite ending the protest which generated worldwide attention, the former teacher has vowed to fight on.