'Who knew that a tree being felled would cause so much heartache and sorrow?': Devastated Brits mourn destroyed Sycamore Gap tree and share fond memories of their visits – including  marriage proposals and scattering ashes

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  •  16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage

Devastated Britons are mourning the loss of a 300-year-old tree at the Sycamore Gap which was mysteriously felled on Wednesday night. 

Hundreds shared their memories of the Northumberland landmark, which was the backdrop for countless marriage proposals, childhood walks and a place to scattered loved ones’ ashes.

Some have taken to social media to express their heartbreak about the tree along Hadrian’s Wall, which was made famous by Kevin Costner‘s 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. 

Si King, best known as one half of the Hairy Bikers, accused the person responsible of ‘murder[ing] a sentinel of time and a sentimental spirit of Northumberland’. 

A user called Jack wrote on X: ‘The saddest part of Sycamore Gap being felled is that positive human interactions that have existed with it for years have gone to memory. Marriage proposals, generations of families walking along Hadrian’s Wall as tradition to see it, ashes scattered, star gazing etc.’ 

Others have tried to see the humorous side of the situation, posting lighthearted memes about the situation. 

Over the decades the iconic view has become the backdrop for countless marriage proposals

Over the decades the iconic view has become the backdrop for countless marriage proposals

Many families and their pets have treasured memories of visiting the Sycamore Gap tree

Many families and their pets have treasured memories of visiting the Sycamore Gap tree

Some social media users have tried to see the humorous side of the situation, posting lighthearted memes

Some social media users have tried to see the humorous side of the situation, posting lighthearted memes

A 16-year-old boy has since been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. 

Mr King took to X, formally known as Twitter, posting a video about the tree. He said: ‘Hello everyone, I’ve just been made aware that we’ve lost the sycamore at Sycamore Gap, somebody has felled it apparently.

‘Well I hope whoever’s done that has a conscience because you have just murdered a sentinel of time and a sentimental spirit of Northumberland and I hope you feel really good about yourself for whatever warped reason you’ve done it. 

‘It’s shocking, I am beyond words.’

Nature lover Heather Sutherland wrote: ‘I am grieving all over again. I scattered my brother’s ashes here. This was our place. This was a place in which I found calm and solace, my grounding and orientation.

‘This place means everything to me. This is more than upsetting right now.’ 

Kay Dover told MailOnline the Sycamore Gap was her ‘favourite place’ to take her family and their two Springer Spaniels. 

Hairy biker Si King accused the person responsible of 'murder[ing] a sentinel of time and a sentimental spirit of Northumberland'

Hairy biker Si King accused the person responsible of ‘murder[ing] a sentinel of time and a sentimental spirit of Northumberland’

A couple who spent their Christmas Day at the historic landmark three years ago said the situation was 'sad'

A couple who spent their Christmas Day at the historic landmark three years ago said the situation was ‘sad’

A couple who visited the much-loved tree wrote on social media: 'RIP SYCAMORE GAP'

A couple who visited the much-loved tree wrote on social media: ‘RIP SYCAMORE GAP’

Life coach Laura Cruise (pictured) said it was 'incredibly sad' that somebody would destroy something so beautiful

Life coach Laura Cruise (pictured) said it was ‘incredibly sad’ that somebody would destroy something so beautiful

There has been an outpouring of grief for the historic tree today

There has been an outpouring of grief for the historic tree today

She added: ‘It is [and] was a magical place. I’m absolutely devastated that some silly, mindless idiot has chopped it down. 

‘Who knew that a tree being felled would cause so much heartache and sorrow.’

Mayor for North Tyne and Metro Jamie Driscoll added: ‘I can’t express how angry I am at the vandalism of the tree at Sycamore Gap.

‘People have had their ashes scattered there. People have proposed there. I’ve picnicked there with my wife and kids. It’s part of our collective soul. We must bring whoever did this to justice.’ 

The Mayor added that the act of vandalism ‘is an insult to the people of Northumberland’.

Life coach Laura Cruise said: ‘I think it is incredibly sad that somebody would want to destroy something so beautiful, that gave joy to so many people, for no good reason.’

Lady Eloise Sunley said: ‘This tree in Sycamore Gap is very special to me and my family and l am devastated that it’s been chopped down, as this has taken away everyone’s enjoyment for many years to come.

A couple who spent their honeymoon visiting the landmark four years ago said in an Instagram post that they hoped the person who did it was found

A couple who spent their honeymoon visiting the landmark four years ago said in an Instagram post that they hoped the person who did it was found 

Someone has already changed the Google Maps location to 'Sycamore Stump'

Someone has already changed the Google Maps location to ‘Sycamore Stump’

‘Not just ours but people who come to see it from all over the UK and world. Also the wildlife that comes with it at different seasons will have no where. 

‘I hope that in time the culprit or culprits are made to pay for damages done to the National trust and people who have been to this special place have plenty of photos to cherish.’ 

Others have tried to combat the situation with humour and someone has already changed the Google Maps location to ‘Sycamore Stump’ – with some saying the edit was ‘too soon’. 

Linda Carlin who described the situation as a ‘tragedy’ said: ‘I think the wood from the tree should be made into something beautiful and sited where the tree stood. Maybe a sculpture or seating so that part of the tree will always be there and can be remembered.’




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