The iconic ‘Robin Hood Tree’ from Prince Of Thieves has been cut down

the robin hood tree, made famous by the Kevin Costner film
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The Robin Hood Tree, the flora made famous by 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, has been cut down for, apparently, no reason at all. More below…

Get your depressing rage-o-meters ready, because a lovely – and very famous – Northumberland tree has been cut down overnight. Thanks to Lewis Packwood for the tip-off (though, if we’re honest, we might have been happier not knowing).

The famous Sycamore Gap tree, standing in a dip in Hadrian’s Wall and beloved of photographers and filmmakers alike, has been found unexpectedly felled this morning in what seems to be an act of vandalism.

Known locally as ‘The Robin Hood tree’ after its iconic role in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Northumberland National Park Authority confirmed that “sadly, the famous tree at Sycamore Gap has come down overnight. We have reason to believe it has been deliberately felled.”

Looked after by both Northumberland National Park and the National Trust, an investigation is ongoing to see exactly what might have happened.

The tree plays host to a key scene in the 1991 film, which sees Kevin Costner rescuing a young boy from a pack of nasty rich hunter-types. Ironically, he also stops one of them felling the tree with an axe. Looks like, thirty years later, he’s come back to finish the job.

Check out the tree’s starring role below, and let us know if you find any more famous movie trees still standing – it might cheer us up.

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