The tree, also called the Robin Hood Tree, was a molasses tree standing alone between two hills, next to the wall built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the second century AD. According to The National Trust, a British organization that preserves historical and natural sites, the tree itself was approximately two hundred years old.
“We can confirm that the iconic tree at Sycamore Gap has unfortunately fallen,” officials at Northumberland National Park in England said today. “We have reason to believe it was intentionally cut down. We are working with relevant agencies and partners on this iconic landmark and will release further details as they become available. Police have opened an investigation. The public is asked to stay away from the site during the investigation.
The tree at Sycamore Gap was voted ‘English Tree of the Year’ in 2016. Some passersby had a habit of leaving decorative stones at the base of the tree.
Many people from the area say they are shocked by this news. There are also angry and sad reactions on social media. Many describe the cutting of the tree as “horrific” and “disgusting.”
“I cannot express how sad I am that the most beautiful and famous tree in England, Sycamore Gap, has been cut down or blown down. “I am absolutely devastated that the place I love most in Northumberland basically no longer exists,” photographer Stephen Lomas responded to X. He photographed the famous tree several times in his career.
The news also shocked local Police Commissioner Kim McGinnis. “I am very saddened by the disappearance of the iconic plane tree. I am angry because this appears to be a deliberate act of vandalism. That tree was ours. A landmark in the North East.