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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Booth

Nature Destroyed

It's rare that I find myself agreeing with the Daily Mail's headlines, but the tragedy of Sycamore Gap that took place yesterday was utterly 'Maronic'. I have been racking my brain to think of a reason why someone would cut down such a beautiful iconic tree that has stood for over a century, and I can't think of one. To attack a fellow human being is despicable enough, but to attack a defenceless part of nature seems even worse in some respects.

Sycamore Gap in February 2021

Sycamore Gap in February 2021

I have read articles today providing some sort of hope for the future of the landmark tree, claiming that it could grow once again but it would be decades before it resembled anything like the fine specimen that stood strong just a couple of days ago.

I feel honoured to have seen Sycamore Gap on several occasions, visiting with family, and while walking the Pennine Way several years ago. I treasure these memories over the shocking images that I, along with everyone else, have seen in the media over the last 24 hours.

Sycamore Gap in November 2018

Sycamore Gap in November 2018

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