Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Sycamore Gap tree at Hadrian's Wall cut down

A 300+ year old tree known as the Sycamore Gap tree was deliberately cut down by vandals. The tree grew just next to Hadrian's Wall in the north of England. Why would anyone do this?


On the morning of 28 September, 2023, news spread that the tree had been "deliberately" chopped down overnight. A police investigation was launched and a cordon put in place.

Forensics officers were seen taking measurements and samples from the remains and photographing the area. One was heard saying: "In 31 years of forensics I've never examined a tree."

A 16-year-old boy and a man aged in his 60s have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and released on bail, Northumbria Police said. Historic England has also revealed that part of Hadrian's Wall - constructed between AD122 and AD130 - sustained "some damage" after the tree was felled.

The age of the tree is in dispute. Some say it was planted in the late 19th century while others claim it's over 300 years old. But it grew right next to Hadrian's Wall and became a symbol of sorts. The tree was featured in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991).




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Horrific and sickening deliberate destruction, in my mind akin to: