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Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall is 'Tree of the Year'


A tree which became famous for its part in the film 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' has been named England's 'Tree of the Year'.

It is known as the 'Sycamore Gap' tree, and it grows on a stretch of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland.

The Tree of the Year competition is run by the Woodland Trust, whcih described the winner as:

"One of the most photographed trees in the UK, growing in a dramatic dip alongside Hadrians Wall."

The winner will compete against trees from all over the Continent for the title of European Tree of the Year, organised by the Environmental Partnership Association.

Sycamore Gap. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The sycamore, which secured 2,542 votes out of a total 11,913 which were cast, is also known as the Robin Hood tree following its appearance in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves starring Kevin Costner.

Trees are inspirational in so many ways and our winners clearly demonstrate how we cherish these natural landmarks. They puncture our lives and landscapes and tie us to our past, the equivalent of our best buildings but yet are far less protected."

– Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust