Photographers react to Britain's much-loved tree being chopped down at Sycamore Gap

Sycamore Gap
(Image credit: Chris George)

Photographers have been taking to social media to mourn the loss of the iconic Sycamore Gap tree on Hadrian's Wall.

The 300-year-old tree was felled overnight in an act of vandalism. Known as Sycamore Gap, the tree's home was right next to Hadrian's Wall - a defensive structure built by the Roman's in Northumberland some 2000 years ago. Easily accessed, and visible from the main road, this is one of the most visited spots on the Wall. The tree even featured in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves that starred Kevin Costner in 1991.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.