We are losing our treasured
oak trees

We are losing our treasured
oak trees

We are losing our treasured oak trees


With your support, Action Oak will protect our iconic oak trees for future generations.

Our Oak Trees


Oak trees are part of Britain’s cultural and natural heritage.

From Henry VIII’s ships, to the carved timbers in the Houses of Parliament, to furniture in our homes, over the centuries oak trees have been part of our lives.

Our favourite childhood stories, such as Robin Hood, feature an oak tree and indeed, thousands of people visit the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest each year.

Across Britain from the Atlantic oakwoods in Scotland to the New Forest, to city parks, oak is one of our most common and loved broadleaved trees.

Oak trees enhance landscapes; support wildlife; provide playgrounds for children; and offer shade and relaxation for city dwellers and workers.

We have a responsibility to protect our iconic oak trees for future generations

What We Could Lose

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Oak trees make up 16% of our broadleaf woodland, with about 120.8 million oaks in woodlands.

An oak tree supports some 284 species of insects and 324 species of lichen. It also provides food for birds and mammals.

Over 49,000 ancient, venerable and notable oak trees have been recorded in the Ancient Tree Inventory and England has more ancient oaks than all other European countries combined.

As well as being of high social and environmental value, forest oaks also have commercial value.

Butterfly on oak leaf
Threats Facing Oak Trees

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Environmental pressures, such as climate change, pollution and drought, can make our oak trees more vulnerable to pests and diseases.

These include oak processionary moth, acute oak decline, xylella, root-attacking species of honey fungus and powdery mildews.

Moth on oak leaf

Together these are threatening the future of our oak trees.

Over the last five years, the members of the Action Oak Partnership have invested over £10 million in research on pests and diseases and managing the oak processionary moth outbreak in the London area.

Collectively, however, we need to do more.
Everyone can help to protect our oak trees.


Action Oak is a new initiative to protect our oak trees

The programme of activities which the Action Oak Partnership has identified to protect oak trees includes:

  • Working with owners and managers of oak trees and woodlands to help to protect the trees from a range of threats
  • Funding research to improve our understanding of the threats to our oak trees and to inform best management practices
  • Using established professional and citizen science networks to record changes in the distribution, age and health of our oak trees to identify priority areas for action
  • Encouraging organisations to join the Action Oak Partnership and people to support Action Oak

Together we can protect our oak trees for future generations

Help to protect our oak trees

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:

Action Oak Partnership