Scientists Clone Historic Sycamore Gap Tree Using Ancient Technique



In an innovative blend of science and ancient techniques, scientists in England have successfully cloned the landmark Sycamore Gap tree, which was mysteriously cut down last year. Utilizing surviving twigs and genetic material from the original site, the team employed a grafting method, inspired by ancient Egyptian and Roman practices, to regenerate the iconic tree. This development offers hope that the genetic clone of the tree, once a significant tourist attraction and a part of the UK’s natural heritage, could be replanted in its original location in the future.

  • A centuries-old Sycamore tree in England, known for its historical and cultural significance, was cut down in a deliberate act of vandalism.
  • Scientists have used surviving twigs and genetic material from the felled tree to create a genetic clone using an ancient grafting technique.
  • The cloning process took place in a greenhouse in Devon, Southwest England, employing a method that combines fresh roots with the living twigs of the original tree.
  • The Sycamore Gap tree was a well-known tourist attraction and was voted Tree of the Year in 2016, famous for its location next to Hadrian’s Wall and its appearance in the 1991 film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”.
  • Two men were arrested following the vandalism, and investigations are ongoing.
  • Scientists indicate that it will take around three years to determine if the cloned tree can grow strong trunks and be successfully replanted in its original location.

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