PROFITS raised through ticket sales for a special screening of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves will be donated to The National Trust.

The Forum Cinema in Hexham will screen the film on October 20 at 7pm.

It follows the news that the Sycamore Gap tree, which was immortalised on screen by the 1991 blockbuster, had been cut down overnight in what was believed to be a deliberate act of vandalism.

The cinema's website said: "After the recent devastating loss of our iconic Sycamore Gap tree we are screening the film that brought it to worldwide attention.

"The 1991 historical action-adventure breathed new life into the legendary, swashbuckling hero who defends the poor and battles the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in England's Sherwood Forest.

"We will be donating a portion of the ticket sales to The National Trust to help with the ongoing rejuvenation of the area."

Chris Kelly, the Forum Cinema's marketing officer, said: "We have been in contact with and working alongside both The Northumberland National Park where the tree was situated and the National Trust who own that land and will be donating a percentage of ticket sales to the National Trust.

"Most importantly, we are looking forward to seeing and celebrating this iconic and important local landmark after all being so saddened to hear of its felling."