For just over two hundred centuries the black pine, Pinus nigra, has inspired countless visitors to the Oxford Botanic Garden. Amongst those inspired were Phillip Pulman, who featured the Garden and black pine in his Dark Materials Trilogy, and JRR Tolkien, whose favourite tree was said to be this one. On July 26th, 2014 the black pine, having endured many extremes of weather, dropped two large branches on a still, sunny day. The damage was so severe that the only option for the Garden was to fell the tree and this task was given to Heritage Tree Services. This film shows the tree over the last few years in its full glory followed by a time-lapse film of Heritage Trees at work. It is a sad event but the Garden aims to celebrate the tree in a number of ways using the timber for a number of creative projects. For more information keep an eye on the Garden website and also that of the Tolkien Society.