Sycamore Gap tree: Man pleads not guilty to criminal damage to famous landmark

Two men have appeared in court accused of causing criminal damage to Northumberland’s iconic Sycamore Gap tree. Daniel Graham, 38, from Carlisle, and Adam Carruthers, 31, from Wigton, were charged with damaging property worth more than £5,000 – in particular a sycamore tree valued at £622,191, owned by the National Trust.

They also face charges of damaging Hadrian’s Wall, valued at £1,144. The alleged offenses took place on September 28 last year.

Graham pleaded not guilty to both charges, while Carruthers pleaded not guilty. The case, which attracted significant public interest, was heard at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

Both men, who were wearing black suits and red ties, have been released on unconditional bail until their next hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday, June 12, Chronicle Live reports.