The Sycamore Gap tree, which was cut down late last month in an apparent act of vandalism, has now been moved into storage by the National Trust.

It described a “complex and difficult operation” which has seen the tree retained in “large sections”, allowing it to “keep all options open” for its future.

Hundreds of ideas for the tree’s future have been sent to the National Trust, which has begun discussions with stakeholders about its future.

The Sycamore Gap tree was located at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort. Overnight on 27 September 2023 the tree was felled in an incident which has since been reported to the police.

The National Trust and Northumberland National Park, alongside other partners and the local community will now consider plans for the site and the tree in the future.

Andrew Poad, the National Trust’s General Manager said: “The tree has been an important and iconic feature in the landscape for nearly 200 years and means a lot to the local community and to anyone who has visited the site.”


Art Fund – Going Places – Oct 2023
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