A 16-year-old boy and a man in his 60s have been questioned on suspicion of causing criminal damage in connection with the 28 September felling of the revered 300-year-old Sycamore Gap Tree, situated in the North of England.  
The arrests have come amidst a local, national, and international outpouring of sorrow and shock over the loss of this iconic and beautiful landmark, which had graced the landscape at Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland for centuries.
Superintendent Kevin Waring of Northumbria Police said,
“This is a world-renowned landmark and the events of today have caused significant shock, sadness, and anger throughout the local community and beyond.
“An investigation was immediately launched following this vandalism, and this afternoon we have arrested one suspect in connection with our inquiries.” 
Both of the individuals who were arrested are now on bail and understood to be assisting Northumbria Police with their inquiries. 
Residents and national park authorities have been left bewildered, struggling to comprehend the reasoning behind the destruction of a sycamore that had become an integral part of the area’s identity, enduring countless seasons and changes.
For approximately three centuries, this tree stood as a symbol of nature’s resilience and beauty. Its significance transcended mere aesthetics; it embodied the deep-rooted connection between humanity and the natural world.
A deliberate act of vandalism
Local police believe that the felling of the Sycamore Gap Tree — also referred to as the Robin Hood Tree after famously starring in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves — was a deliberate act of vandalism.
Experts who have attended the site, including officers and park rangers, suggest that the tree was expertly severed with a sharp chainsaw, most likely by someone with knowledge in the field of tree surgery. 
The timing of this event has also added to the mystery, as high winds from Storm Agnes raged throughout the night last Thursday, masking any sounds associated with the destruction.
Residents awoke to the heartbreaking sight of the tree severed from its stump, leaving them in shock and mourning the loss of a natural treasure.
The Chief Executive of Northumberland National Park Authority, Tony Gates, said of the news,
“Everyone’s just in shock. It’s one of the most iconic landscapes in the country. When we feel that sense of loss, how do we perpetuate the legacy and create a real sense of meaningfulness?
“There have been lots of really good ideas from the community already and so we need to be open and hear those. Whatever happens next needs to be with the consent and ownership of everyone.” 
The significance of the environment
As the investigation unfolds, it is our collective duty, as stewards of the Earth, to reflect on the broader implications of this incident and re-commit ourselves to safeguarding the environment.
The Sycamore Gap Tree’s demise reminds us that preserving the natural world is not only an ecological imperative, but also a spiritual duty.
The Qur’ān and aḥādīth contain numerous references to the caretaking role bestowed upon humanity in relation to the Earth. As Allah (subḥānahu wa ta’āla) placed human beings as the vanguard authority on this planet, He has ordered us to protect and maintain its environment.
Such acts of destruction are therefore unacceptable and call into question the motives behind those responsible.
This news is an absolute tragedy that cannot be effectively described in words.
Allah Almighty says in verse 60 of Surat al-Baqarah,
'And do not commit abuse on the Earth, spreading corruption.'
Furthermore, in a narration recorded by Muslim and relayed by Abu Sa'īd al-Khudri (radiy Allahu ‘anhu), the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is reported to have said,
'The world is sweet and green, and verily Allah is going to install you as vicegerents in it, in order to see how you act.'
Evidently, this stewardship carries a solemn duty to protect and maintain the environment, treating it with care and respect. And it may be argued that in the Islamic tradition, trees hold a special place as symbols of life and sustenance.
They are among the countless beautiful creations of Allah that are proof of His existence. And the reward for their protection and maintenance is truly great.
It is also worth mentioning that in a narration by Anas ibn Mālik (radiy Allahu ‘anhu), the Prophet ﷺ is reported to have said,
'There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird or a person or an animal eats from it, but that it is regarded as a charitable gift.'
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 al-Qur’ān, 2:60
 Sahīh Muslim, 2,742; https://sunnah.com/muslim:2742
 Sahīh al-Bukhārī, 2,320; https://sunnah.com/bukhari:2320