WE shared the news that a much-loved Northumbrian tree may 'live on' as cuttings collected by the National Trust show signs of growth.

Following the illegal felling of the much-loved 200-year-old Sycamore Gap tree in September, the National Trust has said that the seeds and cuttings taken from the fallen tree are showing positive signs of being viable to grow.

Here's how readers reacted.

Celia Emery said: "I find it sad to see any tree sawn down, they provide so much for the planet and are beautiful throughout the seasons. It is like slaying a mighty animal."

John Briggs said: "Let's see what sprouts from the stump next spring. Fingers crossed. Might grow quickly with the huge root zone."

David Parker said: "The actual shoots from the stump will grow faster than cuttings from the tree."

Kirsty McTear asked: "Why not replace it with a native tree? A sycamore is something akin to a desert next to some of our native trees."

Andy Holland said: "Just wondering if a local artist/sculptor could create an artificial one so at least it looks similar and maybe install a plaque to commemorate the natural one."

Dave Cat added: "Plant a new huge established tree," as Olwen Jarvis said: "This is just such wonderful news. May it grow from strength to strength for many people to enjoy in the future. A story to be told."

Neal Fisher said: "A bronze replacement should be put in its place. Let's face it, sadly it'll take 100 years for any visible growth to resemble the old one."