The destruction of a centuries-old tree at Sycamore Gap near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland National Park has caused shock and anger throughout the local community and beyond. This iconic tree was featured in the movie, ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ and its age is estimated to be between 200 and 300 years old.
Although the tree does not date back to the time of the Roman Empire, it has still been an important landmark in the area, making news of its destruction particularly heartbreaking. Northumbria Police Department have now arrested a 16-year-old who is suspected of deliberately bringing the tree down in the early hours of the morning.
https://t.co/MArm9CcAbs Northumberland National Park Authority can confirm that sadly, the famous tree at Sycamore Gap has come down over night. We have reason to believe it has been deliberately felled. Full statement via link below:
— N’land National Park (@NlandNP) September 28, 2023
It is difficult to comprehend just how significant this act of vandalism is. To take down a tree that has been standing for centuries is outrageous. The heart-shaped silhouette of the tree is recognized across the world and has evidently been admired by many people for its beauty. In the movie, ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ the tree was used by Kevin Costner’s character in his attempt to flee from the Sheriff of Nottingham and his men, symbolizing the beauty and grandeur of the natural world.
Others may not see the significance of the tree, but its destruction has also brought to question the attitudes of some of the younger generation and their lack of respect and appreciation of British history.
The Northumberland National Park Agency with the help of Northumbria Police, have been quick to respond and work together to investigate the incident. Police have not released any other details about the teenager who has been arrested.
A second arrest was made.
Walter Renwick, who lives just 8 miles from the tree, was arrested; however said he’s “not that stupid” to cut down the historic tree.
“It was a lovely tree, an iconic tree, but I mean to go up there and cut that down, I’m not that stupid,” he said.
Nevertheless, the damage is unfortunately done. The tree is gone.
Both suspects are out on bail.
An investigation is ongoing after the Sycamore Gap Tree was felled overnight in what we believe was a deliberate act of vandalism. (1/3)
— Northumbria Police (@northumbriapol) September 28, 2023