Photographer's Note

A recent clandestine meeting was held in Cropredy regarding the international controvesy of the Big Great Oak tree on the Oxford Canal. For those not in the know, the controvesy was iniated by the posting of the image of this great famous Oak by one international visitor and the response by a further international visitor, who felt, that amongst other things - it did not create an object of "interest" in the initail photograph. This has lead to the "Famous Oak" now being the focal point of this international controvesy, to the invitation of top and highly acclaimed UK TE photographers (and one Namibian Photographer) being invited to view and photograph the said "Famous Oak" and to the formation of the Lobby group - The COAA.. The Cropredy Oak Appreciation Association. The initial clandestine meeting was held over this past weeked and was tasked at evaluating the comments made ( and subsequent responses) and if need be, raising the profile of this wonderful Famous Oak to its former glory.

Members, whose names have been withheld for obvious reasons, were shown the site and then invited to photograph and discuss the said "Famous Oak" tree. There was a lot of heated discussion and the meeting went on well into the night.

This image, taken from the Eastern banks of the Oxford Canal of the Lock Keepers Cottage, around 9.19 and 48 seconds on the 3rd September, depicts the members of the COAA thrashing out in secret, the core values of the Association. Due to the sensistivity of the nature of this meeting faces and any evidence of food or alcohol have been removed to protect members and their families. Outcomes of the initail COAA meetings are still uncertain, however we hope that further photographic evidence will be presented before the next meetings.

NOTE: Should anyone wish to comment on this Fine and Famous OAK, a theme has been created by the founder member of the COAA showing the tree in all its glory (not that I am unbiased).. and hope that you will come out in support of the COAA and this "Famous Oak".

For purposes of those who are interested. The Lock Keepers cottage at Lock 25 and Bridge 152 was built in circa 1779, for purposes of housing the Lock keeper. Since then, according to Wikkipedia and any other worthy information source, there is no evidence that in its 232 years of existence it has never been involved in any controversial or secretative society, does not house any ghosts.

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