(LONDON) One of the UK’s most photographed trees near Hadrian’s Wall in northeast England was “deliberately cut down”, the manager of the national park where it was planted condemned on Thursday.
“Unfortunately, Northumberland National Parks Authority can confirm that the popular hibiscus tree fell overnight,” it said in a statement.
“We have reason to believe that he was shot deliberately,” he added.
Set near a Roman-era wall to ward off invading hordes of barbarians, this majestic maple tree appeared in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film “Robin Hood.”
According to photos on social media, only one stump remains of one that was voted “Tree of the Year” in 2016.
Local police have announced that they have launched an investigation and are working to establish whether a criminal offense has been committed.
Local MP Mary Foy slammed the vandalism of a North East landmark as “stupid” and “heartbreaking”.
“It’s a very sad day for Sycamore Gap, and it will cause pain for many people across the country and even around the world,” he added.
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