A pastel painting of Sycamore Gap, an iconic and historic tree, now graces the walls of Herding Hill Farm Camping and Glamping Site near Haltwhistle.

The tree, synonymous with the campsite because of its placement in their logo, was tragically cut down in September, prompting police investigation.

WCF, the owners of Herding Hill Farm, received the artwork in exchange for a donation to the artist's chosen charity, Lost Dogs Dumfries and Galloway.

Helen Foster, garment technologist at one of WCF's other businesses in Brampton, picked up her pastels for the first time in five years after the felling of the tree.

Ms Foster said: “When I saw the sad news that Sycamore Gap had been chopped down and how much the tree meant to people, it prompted me to start painting again even though I usually specialise in pet portraits, and never landscape.

“When I shared the image of my painting with my work colleagues, I was really touched about how many people said they loved it and wanted a print of it, and I offered the original painting to Herding Hill Farm which has a strong link to the tree.

“I’m proud that I’m playing a small part in keeping the legacy of Sycamore Gap alive as my painting will be hanging in the reception at Herding Hill Farm for everyone to see.”

The tree was well-known for featuring in the famous Hollywood film Robin Hood and the Prince of Thieves.

Jo Ritzema, Managing Director of WCF, said: “When I saw Helen’s painting, I was blown away by how stunning it was and I felt it would act as the perfect permanent reminder of Sycamore Gap to everybody who visits Herding Hill Farm.

“To some, it may have just been a tree, but to our guests and many more across the world it was important to the local landscape and it helped put the area on the global map, and it’s great that its memory will live on forever through initiatives like this. I was also touched to see the camaraderie between our two very different WCF businesses as a result of the painting.”