Iconic Sycamore Gap Tree to Undergo Restoration and Relocation Process

By Duncan Leatherdale at the scene & Chris RobinsonBBC News

The iconic Sycamore Gap tree, famous for its appearance in the film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” is set to undergo a restoration and relocation process. The 150-year-old tree, located near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, was recently felled and will now be cut up and moved by crane.

In an effort to preserve this special landmark, workers have removed its branches and are preparing to lift the trunk in sections. The aim is to maintain its flexibility and ensure its future growth. Despite concerns about moving such a large tree, experts are confident that they can successfully relocate it.

To address any potential risks, the public is being urged to stay away from the site during these complex operations. The tree’s stump has been safeguarded to avoid further damage. Once relocated, the tree will find a new home at an undisclosed National Trust property, where it will be safely stored.

The felling of the Sycamore Gap tree not only impacted the tree itself but also caused damage to a section of Hadrian’s Wall. In order to protect this world-famous monument and ensure visitor safety, the immediate removal of the fallen tree was necessary.

The significance of this tree cannot be understated. It has enthralled and touched the hearts of many people who have visited the site. As a symbol of Northumberland, it has become an integral part of the local landscape and a popular attraction for photographers and walkers.

While investigations into the incident continue, promising leads have led to the arrest of a 16-year-old boy and a man in his 60s on suspicion of criminal damage. Their involvement and motives are yet to be determined.


Q: Why is the Sycamore Gap tree being moved?
A: The tree is being moved to preserve it and to ensure the safety of visitors and Hadrian’s Wall.

Q: Where will the tree be relocated?
A: The tree will be taken to an undisclosed National Trust property, where it will be safely stored.

Q: Has the tree been damaged during the felling process?
A: The branches have been removed, but efforts have been made to protect the trunk and the tree’s stump.

Q: What happened to Hadrian’s Wall when the tree fell?
A: Part of Hadrian’s Wall was damaged due to the tree’s fall.