The 300-year-old sycamore maple, known worldwide for its appearance in the 1991 film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” starring Kevin Costner, was the victim of vandalism.
The Sycamore Gap was a tree located next to Hadrian’s Wall near Crag Lough in the county of Northumberland, England. Its position in a remarkable landscape has made it a popular photographic subject, described as one of the most photographed trees in the country.
Yesterday, Friday September 29, hours after the main suspect, 16-year-old boy, was released on bail, Northumbria Police said a man in his 60s had been arrested and was being questioned. moment.
The tree was one of the main monuments of Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built almost 2,000 years ago when Britain was part of the Roman Empire to protect its northwest border.
The tree, around 300 years old, was felled near the base of its trunk and could grow back according to experts, although they warned it would never be the same. It should be remembered that, after centuries of industrialization and urbanization, Great Britain is considered one of the most deforested countries in Europe.