Sycamore gap tree felled by vandals

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  1. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    I live in hope Margot. I think your words are echoed by decent people world wide.
     
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    D97x7 Contributor 10 Years

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    It was a kind gesture by someone who went to a lot of trouble and expense to place it there. But the NT are a law unto themselves and would want to do this, if at all.
    Not sure tbh if it would have survived in that location. It is so wind swept, hence why only the one famous sycamore was there. No other trees around there.

    I do see your point N , my wife feels exactly the same.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Moved into the "Plants In the News" subforum with a longer than usual redirect to make sure others see it in the Maples forum.
     
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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Hi,

    Well as many of you know, this famous tree was cut down last year, in a disgusting incident, by some idiot with a chainsaw, and left to lie. No arrests were made, though a couple of people were detained.

    It's really just an ordinary sycamore, (A. pseudoplatanus), but famous for it's location, maturity, photo-ops. A maple loved by many.

    Came across this article this morning about grafting the tree and growing on some seeds from it. Although it was the wrong time of the year, they were able to set 9 grafts.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-68497720

    They go so far as to describe the grafting process, though with a wedge graft. For maples one would usually use a side veneer graft. I wonder if it had to do with the time of year, or just shoddy reporting?

    -E

    P.S. Who knew that Eastender's Barry Evans (Shaun Williamson) grew seedlings? :)
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    40 minutes earlier, I posted this!

    "Just read this this morning :

    Sycamore Gap Hadrian's Wall Northumberland.

    I have a self-sown Acer pseudoplatanus in the back of my garden. I've cut the new shoots almost to the ground for nearly 10 years, and it continues to produce new ones each year...
    "

    I will delete my message ;-)

    AK
     
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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Wow, I wonder how I missed it? Maybe crossed in the "mail".

    Somehow the thread title got messed up, not sure how. If an admin could fix, TIA.
     
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    All done Emery.
     
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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Thanks, and for the combine. I forgot about the earlier thread.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Two charged today for the felling of the Sycamore gap tree. Plus damage to Hadrians wall.
    It will be of interest to a lot of people to hear why they did it.
    Sadly it won't bring ot back...
     
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    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Did I read earlier in this thread or elsewhere online that possibly some little sycamore trees (exact DNA? I don’t know) had been salvaged

    perhaps I am getting confused with the First Nation treasured Golden Spruce on Haida Gwaii — i think Daniel Mosquin clarified at the time whether or not « baby » golden spruce is at UBC Botanical Garden (above in this thread)

    yes please keep us updated Thank you
    Meanwhile I’ve been pretending to be in my family’s country by watching the UK show Escape to the Country tv shown on cbc (like your bbc) … it’s on at 5am or so here PDT I am always surprised that for such a small & populated country, how much greenery there still is - beautiful « chocolate box » countryside (a quaint reference at least once an episode :)
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Hi Georgia, sadly it is disappearing fast. The over population is evident everywhere nowadays. The tv programmes don't show this, especially the BBC.
    Re the sycamore gap tree, yes I believe they have gathered seeds from the area. I will update the thread when there is more news on this.
     

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