The National Trust and Northumberland National Park Authority are working to ensure a fitting legacy for the iconic Sycamore Gap tree.

This effort comes after the beloved tree was felled in September last year, an act that sparked an overwhelming public response.

The incident attracted an influx of over 2,000 messages from across the country, and even from overseas.

Tony Gates, chief executive officer at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: "The felling of the Sycamore Gap tree has shown just how much nature and landscape mean to people, to their very wellbeing."

In response to the public's outpouring of love and emotion for the tree, various efforts are underway.

For instance, the original stump remains in situ, with hopes of regeneration.

Hexham Courant: The stump at Sycamore Gap with the fence and sign

Meanwhile, the National Trust is closely monitoring the seeds and material preserved from the original tree.

To help nature thrive, the organisations are also exploring ways to support tree planting and habitat creation.

The Sycamore Gap held significant personal connections for many people.

To respect this, Northumberland National Park Authority plans to publicly display the largest section of the felled tree at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre.

The exhibition will be in place by September 2024.

Hexham Courant: Felled Sycamore Gap

They are also organising an event to commemorate the anniversary of the tree's felling this coming September.

Artists will have a significant role in the legacy.

The organisations have enlisted specialists in woodwork and wood preservation, with the tree's timber cared for and stored safely for future repurposing.

Over the coming months, a series of creative commissions will be announced, with the public helping to shape these collaborations.

Andrew Poad, general manager for the National Trust at Hadrian's Wall, said: "It's been important for us to read through each and every one [of the public's comments], and to take the time to think about how we respond in ways that are fitting to this landscape and to the people who loved this tree."

He further underscored the importance of the Sycamore Gap, stating that hearing about people's personal connections to the tree, including marriage proposals and ash scatterings, was a moving experience.