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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Helen presents iconic tree painting
LEAVING A GIFT . . . Langholm Artist Helen Foster, middle, with Herding Hill Farm site managers Phil and Sue Humphreys

A LANGHOLM artist this week handed over her picture of the felled Sycamore Gap to agricultural co-operative WCF.

WCF owns the Herding Hill Farm and campsite in Haltwhistle, which is not only beside Hadrian’s Wall where the famous tree was felled, but the tree is the logo of the farm itself.

Artist Helen Foster was delighted to donate the original pastel painting in exchange for a donation to a charity of her choice.

Helen is an admin and scanner for the Langholm branch of Lost Dogs Dumfries and Galloway, so her choice was obvious.

She said: “I was thrilled to visit Herding Hill on Tuesday afternoon to present the Sycamore Gap painting.

“The donation to Lost Dogs Dumfries and Galloway was made last month, which I am thankful for.

‘I saw the picture of the tree on social media a few days after it was felled and I heard the story about what happened to it, and I knew I had to draw it.

“Knowing that Herding Hill Farm has something to remember the tree by puts a smile on my face.”