Following the felling of the iconic Sycamore Gap tree in September, the National Trust says the seeds and cuttings taken from the fallen tree are showing positive signs for successful propagation.
The former English Tree of the Year 2016 winner which stood at Hadrian’s Wall within Northumberland National Park was an iconic landmark, bringing in thousands of visitors every year.
Upon discovering the ‘much-loved’ landmark had been felled, the National Trust were “quickly on the scene to collect material,” in a bid to increase the charity’s chance of propagation success, says director of gardens and parklands, Andy Jasper.
“Over the next year, we’ll be doing all we can to nurture the seeds and cuttings, in the hope that some will grow into strong, sturdy saplings – providing a new future for this much-loved tree.
“We are also hoping that the trunk of the original tree will regrow, but it could take up to three years before we know if this is possible.”
News of the tree’s felling sparked an outpour of responses across social media, with millions of people sharing their thoughts and memories on the National Trust and Northumberland Park’s social media channels.
The two organisations are working together to develop a fitting tribute to ensure the Sycamore Gap tree’s legacy lives on.
Details for how local people and communities can get involved will be announced early in the new year.
In the meantime, the National Trust and Northumberland National Park are encouraging the public to submit their photos and memories of the tree to firstname.lastname@example.org, to be added to a temporary reflection space at the Northumberland National Park Authority’s visitor hub.
All donations received to date will go towards the tribute, yet to be announced.