Two men charged over felling of Sycamore Gap tree

This article was first published by The Guardian.

Police have charged two men in their 30s over the felling of the Sycamore Gap tree last September.

Daniel Michael Graham, 38, and Adam Carruthers, 31, both from Cumbria, have been charged with criminal damage to the tree and to a neighbouring part of Hadrian’s Wall, which was affected when the tree fell.

The tree, which was at least 200 years old, appeared to have been sawn at the base of the trunk with a chainsaw, having previously stood in a small picturesque valley in Northumberland national park in the north of England.