The museum will still have a monkey puzzle tree, as in the 1980s then curator Elizabeth Conran planted a specimen next to the original.
"As part of the newly-established Bowes Centre vision and activity, we are planning an exciting, creative project involving local highly-skilled craftspeople to turn the monkey puzzle wood and its important heritage into desirable craft pieces." In the 19th century landowners - like Lord Armstrong at Cragside in Northumberland - were joining the fashion for planting imposing trees from around the world on their estates.
John Bowes spared no expense on the monkey puzzle, paying 15 guineas and 15 shillings for the tree to a Mr Lane from Hertfordshire.
A party of players reported the ornamental monkey puzzle tree missing from the first fairway at Alloa Golf Club in Clackmannanshire.
Club secretary Freda Nicholls said: "We have no idea why someone would want to uproot a monkey puzzle tree from a golf club fairway - the motive baffles me.