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The northernmost of a pair of similar benches created from single logs, beside a mature oak tree at the top of Horspath Common, with a brass inscription panel inset on the backrest:

I would like a tree,
an old English species like an oak,
in a public space if that can be managed,
somewhere beautiful.
Freya Dudley
Aged 19

Freya was a remarkable young person, who lost her battle with ill health in 2009. You can read all about her on a web site devoted to her memory at

The Memorials of Shotover Hill, Oxfordshire. Copyright © Alan F. Simpson, 2017