This is the Tilford Oak. William Cobbett wrote about it in 1822, saying "The tree is in full growth at this moment. There is a little hole in one of the limbs; but with that exception, there appears not the smallest sign of decay". Sadly it's not holding up so well any more.
It's said that King Charles I once hid in it (though Charlie seems to have spent half of his life hiding in oak trees, if we believe the stories) and that John Wesley once preached beneath it. My favourite story tells of the time that the Bishop of Winchester ordered the tree to be felled. When his foresters arrived they found that their axes couldn't penetrate the bark because hundreds of nails had been hammered into it by villagers who didn't want their tree chopped down.
Also taken at the end of March, in Bourne Woods near Farnham, this building site will be a set for Ridley Scott's new Robin Hood film. It's not the first time he's filmed here; this same spot was also Germania at the beginning of Gladiator. I suddenly feel all star-struck!
I've been taking lots of photos in recent weeks but never seemed to find time to do anything with them; they've just sat in my camera getting old. Time to play catch-up... these were taken at the end of March.
This is for Caine: a picture of somewhere that isn't white.