In the centre of Farnham Common there is a small road named Golden Oak Close, and opposite this a small green with a young red oak. By the oak are two plaques, one referring to a Golden Oak and the other to a Red Oak. It was unclear to Malcolm Wiles, Special Trees Volunteer, what these meant, he assumed that the original Golden Oak has died and been replaced by this Red Oak. However the plaques appear to be commemorating different things. Therefore Malcolm decided a little further research was required to shed a little more light.
The answer was to be found in the Farnham Royal Parish Council meeting minutes for 2008 in which it was stated that the Golden Oak in Farnham Common had become dangerous and had had to be cut down and a replacement tree replanted.
Due to the lack of availability of a Golden Oak tree it was agreed that the parish council should purchase a Red Oak Quercus rubra. It was decided that this new tree should be dedicated to service personnel who had lost their lives in conflicts over since 1946.