There are around 121 million oak trees in UK woodland, with almost 1 million in London alone.
The UK has more ancient oak trees than all other EU countries combined.
38 oak trees need to be grown to absorb the carbon emissions of the average car.
Oak trees are the UK's most important tree for biodiversity, supporting around 2,200 species. This is more than any other native tree species.
Over 5,000 oaks were used in the construction of HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Around 660 tons of oak timber were used to build the hammer-beam roof in Westminster Hall in 1393.
Our iconic oak trees face a fight for survival against pests and diseases that have the potential to devastate the oak population.
These include oak processionary moth, acute oak decline, xylella, root-attacking species of honey fungus and powdery mildews.
Losing oak trees from our lanscape would impact our well-being, economy, environment and the species that depend on them.
Research and monitoring has begun but we must do more to ensure we protect our majestic oak trees for future generations to enjoy.
An exhibition of award-winning photographs of the nation’s favourite trees will be touring the UK, dates confirmed so far are:
It will then follow to Wales and Scotland, dates to be confirmed.
The Action Oak initiative is raising vital funds for further research and monitoring to help inform the management of our oak trees. Together we can protect our oak trees for future generations to enjoy.
Donate by texting:
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Managed by Woodland Heritage (charity no: 1041611).
The programme of activities which the Action Oak Partnership has identified to protect oak trees includes:
To protect our oak trees, we need your support including more partners plus funding, sponsorship, time, expertise and contacts.
If you would like to support Action Oak, please contact the Action Oak Partnership at: