Shock in the United Kingdom due to the loss of one of the natural and historical icons of the country. A 16-year-old teenager was arrested after one of the most famous and mythical trees, a maple sycamore which grew for some 300 years next to Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans in the north of England.
The Sycamore Gap Tree became famous when it appeared in the 1991 film starring Kevin Costner ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves‘ and became one of the most photographed in the country.
Those responsible for Northumberland National Park assure that the sycamore, known as the “Robin Hood tree”, is “deliberately shot at night“.
English County Police reported that a teenager was arrested in connection with the events, which they referred to as an “act of vandalism.”
“This is a world famous location and current events are the reason emotions, sadness and anger in the local community and beyond,” Superintendent Kevin Waring said in a statement.
This is not only a natural loss, but an element of great historical symbolism. The specimen is next to the rocks that make up the Hadrian’s Wall the barrier built at the beginning of the 2nd century by the British legions of the Roman emperor as a border between their conquered territory and the barbarian Caledonia, which later became the cause of Scotland.
The British writer LJRoss is one of those who expressed sadness at the cutting of the tree.
“I am very saddened by the loss of this beautiful and iconic tree, which is the setting of my second book and a source of peace and inspiration for many,” he explained on the social network X, formerly Twitter.