Dispute Over Sapling Planted After Iconic Sycamore Felling

Dispute Over Sapling Planted After Iconic Sycamore Felling

A 300-year-old sycamore tree near Sycamore Gap in Northumberland faced a tragic end as it was deliberately felled in an act of vandalism, sparking outrage and a police investigation.

Amidst the public’s grief over this iconic tree’s loss, Kieran Chapman, a concerned individual from Westerhope near Newcastle, decided to take action.

He planted a new sapling near Hadrian’s Wall to symbolize hope and restore faith in humanity.

National Trust’s Swift Removal of the Sapling

However, the National Trust swiftly removed the sapling, citing the site’s status as a “globally important archaeological setting.”

The organization stressed the need for permission before making any changes to the area. Mr. Chapman expressed his disappointment, believing that his sapling was harmless and that preventing a tree from being planted in the earth was unreasonable.

Arrests Made in Connection to the Vandalism

Meanwhile, authorities made arrests in connection to the vandalism of the original sycamore tree.

This tree was renowned in the UK, having played a pivotal role in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

Devastated fans shared stories of engagements and scattering loved ones’ ashes beneath its branches.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, while a man in his 60s was arrested later.

National Trust’s Perspective and Future Plans

The National Trust, defending its actions, emphasized the site’s significance as a Scheduled Ancient Monument with UNESCO World Heritage designation.

Altering or adding to the site can harm its archaeology and is unlawful without prior government consent. The organization urged anyone wishing to pay tribute to the fallen tree to contact them first.

They encouraged the public to leave pictures, poems, and memories at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre.

The National Trust is working on future plans for the site and the sycamore tree.

While the sapling was removed, efforts are being made to find an appropriate planting spot in the local area.

Additionally, there is hope that new shoots may still grow from the stump of the felled tree, although it may never regain its original shape or stature, according to Andrew Poad, the general manager.

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