The iconic tree at Sycamore Gap, which was featured in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, was chopped down overnight with a chainsaw. The tree was a popular tourist destination and was known for its beauty in a dip within the landscape.
Police are investigating the incident and have asked anyone with information to come forward. The motive for the vandalism is unknown.
The tree was planted in the 18th century and was estimated to be over 300 years old. It was a popular spot for photographs and was often used as a backdrop for weddings and other events.
The loss of the tree is a blow to the local community and to tourists alike. It is a reminder of the importance of protecting our natural heritage.
A statement from the Northumberland National Park Authority read: “Northumberland National Park Authority can confirm that sadly, the famous tree at Sycamore Gap has come down overnight. We have reason to believe it has been deliberately felled.
“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.
Reaction to the loss of Sycamore Gap Tree
The local community is shocked and saddened by the loss of the tree. Many people have taken to social media to express their grief and anger.
“I’m heartbroken,” said one local. “This tree was a symbol of our community and a part of our history.”
“Why would anyone do this..So sad. Devastating and shocking.. 😢😡Properly gutted!” said another.
Police investigation into the felling of Sycamore Gap
The police are investigating the incident and have asked anyone with information to come forward. The motive for the vandalism is unknown.
In an update on Thursday 28th September they said: “This afternoon, we’ve arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody at this time and is assisting officers with their enquiries. Given our investigation remains at a very early stage, we are keeping an open mind.”
“We’re appealing for anyone with information – no matter how small or insignificant you think it may be – to let us know. It could prove crucial to our enquiries. You can contact us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230928-0295.”