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The Royal Oaks (Queens Oak II) Virtual Cache

Hidden : 03/04/2002
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

Find the 'missing' Royal Oaks and inscriptions for King George and Queen Elizabeth, near the Queens Oak cache.

When it was suggested that for the Golden Jubilee we follow the example of the Victorians and plant an oak to celebrate, a long time resident pointed out that the tradition hadn't stopped, and that trees had been planted for both King George, and Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, it's just that the other trees weren't on the green and had become 'lost' in undergrowth over the years.

The co-ordinates given are for the mound with the commemorative inscription for the original Queen Victoria oak. Close by there is a new tree to replace the original Victoria Oak, and also to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, and an oak planted in 1901, again for Queen Victoria.

Thanks to some recent tidying it is now fairly straightforward to identify the the remaining two oaks in particular thanks to some modern black and white plaques identifying the trees as Red Oak, Quercus Rubra, however both trees also have original inscriptions near the trees too which you’ll need to find to log the cache. One tree is about 190ft from the mound with the Queens Oak inscription, the other is 255ft from the same spot. To score this cache you need to send an e-mail with the lat/lon of both oak's, and also the original inscriptions - either the words or a picture of each. Don't post the answers here!

You do not need to enter the churchyard to find this cache. Please respect the lower level of the churchyard as this is still used for burials from the village.

Following some recent log attempts, I'll just make the rules of this virtual totally clear - logs for this virtual will only be accepted if the e-mail includes both co-ordinates and the original inscriptions of oaks commemorating King George and Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee if either set of co-ordinates or either original inscription is missing, you provide the new modern plaques, or you send me details of any of the Queen Victoria Oaks and/or the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee oak then it doesn't count and your log will be removed!

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)