A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the deliberate felling of a nearly 200-year-old tree at Hadrian’s Wall in England. The tree, known as the Sycamore Gap tree or the “Robin Hood” tree, was cut down in what local officials are investigating as an act of vandalism. The incident occurred on Wednesday, and the Northumbria Police launched an investigation into the matter, believing it to be a deliberate act of vandalism. The arrested teenager remains in police custody to assist with the investigation but has not been formally charged.
The Sycamore Gap tree, which appeared in the 1991 film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” was a significant landmark and an iconic feature in the landscape for nearly 200 years. The Northumberland National Park Authority, responsible for its maintenance, has requested that people refrain from visiting the site while they determine the cause of the tree’s felling and ensure the area’s safety.
Andrew Poad, the general manager of the National Trust, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of the tree, emphasizing its importance to the local community and visitors.
The Sycamore Gap tree, located near Hadrian’s Wall, was a popular spot for tourists and had been featured in various television shows and films. Its exact age is uncertain, with estimates ranging from nearly 200 to 300 years old.
The Northumbria Police investigation is ongoing, and further updates will be provided as the case progresses.