Across the border form Dumfries and Galloway the Northumberland National Park Authority have confirmed that sadly, the famous tree at Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s wall has come down over night. They have reason to believe it has been deliberately felled.
A spokesperson stated “We are working with the relevant agencies and partners with an interest in this iconic North East landmark and will issue more details once they are known.
Sycamore Gap was voted English Tree of the Year in 2016 in the Woodland Trust’s awards and is much-loved by people from across the world.The tree wass made famous in the Keven Costner film ‘Robin Hood Prince of Theives’.
Northumberland National Park Authority would like to ask the public not to visit the site at this time whilst we work with our partners to identify what has happened and to make the site safe.”
Guy Opperman MP stated “Sadly it is true that the iconic tree at Sycamore Gap has been deliberately cut down overnight.Too early to speculate who did it, but this is criminal damage, and an attack on one of the nations most famous trees. I was here only ten days ago: everyone in shock.The police are very much involved, and I am liaising here on the Wall with Northumberland National Park.
This was not an act by any of the official organisations who are responsible for Hadrians Wall, the World heritage sites or the national park, who are all devastated.”