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Next steps for the Sycamore Gap tree

Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall with the felled Sycamore Gap tree lying in the landscape.
Felled Sycamore Gap tree | © Bec Hughes

Working with our partners at Northumberland National Park Authority, we're launching a fundraising appeal for donations to commemorate the much-loved Sycamore Gap tree which was felled by an act of vandalism in September after being an iconic landmark in the Northumberland landscape for nearly 200 years.

We were shocked and saddened when the famous Sycamore Gap Tree, at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort, was felled in September.

We know we share these feelings with thousands, if not millions, of people around the world who felt a special connection with the tree and its landscape.

The Sycamore Gap tree was carefully moved from Hadrian's Wall and safely stored. The tree has been retained in large sections, which means we can keep options open as to what it becomes in future.

The response to the felling of the tree over the past month has been overwhelming, and we are grateful for the thousands of ideas, offers of help and tributes we've received. It is clear this tree was special to many, many people. We kindly ask people to bear with us while we consider the possibilities and find ways to involve the public. Thank you to everyone who got in touch.

We will also be working with our partners, the Northumberland National Park Authority, Historic England and Hadrian’s Wall Partnership to agree what happens next, with a focus on ensuring that there is ‘hope for the future of nature’.

We are launching a fundraising appeal for donations to commemorate the much-loved Sycamore Gap tree, an iconic landmark in the Northumberland landscape for nearly 200 years.

We can’t directly replace this much-loved tree, but your donation will enable us to create a fitting tribute to sycamore gap by:-

  • Protecting and conserving this renowned World Heritage landscape for future generations
  • Restoring and enhancing our woodlands for people and nature in Northumberland, by planting new trees, woodland and hedgerows
  • Creating a fitting tribute to the Sycamore Gap Tree

Details of how local people and communities can get involved will be announced early in the new year by the partnership, and any donations already received will be put towards this work.

In the meantime, and responding to hundreds of suggestions to plant more trees locally, the public can donate to the National Trust’s Plant a Tree fund nationaltrust.org.uk/plant-a-tree with new funds channelled into creating new woodlands and helping to restore nature in Northumberland.