Action Oak is a public-private partnership raising awareness of the threats to our native oak trees.

We also raise vital funds for research and monitoring to help understand how to combat these threats and preserve our oak trees for future generations to enjoy. To find out more about the work of the Action Oak partnership check out our news stories.

Protecting our oak woodlands - Event

26th February, 2021

26th February 2021

Online event


Our Oak woodlands host more species than any other native woodland. In partnership with Smallwoods  we have invited a great range of speakers to discuss everything from best practice management of Oak woodlands, oak pests and disease all the way through to why it is important as a timber product.

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Oak processionary moth - Update 2020

20th January, 2021


In 2020 the plant health authorities increased surveillance in the Protected Zone. In June and July 2020 OPM was found on a very small number of trees at five sites within the Protected Zone, in the English counties of Sussex, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cheshire. They took swift and appropriate action to treat the infested trees and minimise the risk of spread. This included spraying trees in the affected areas and undertaking enhanced local surveillance.


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Exciting new fully funded One Planet DTP PhD opportunity at Newcastle University

2nd December, 2020

Reducing the impact of climate change and other environmental stresses on oak tree health

Key Research Gaps and Questions: 1) How will the health of the UK’s oak trees fair in a changing climate and with other escalating environmental stresses? 2) What interventions can be used to safeguard the health of oaks, and protect the valuable ecosystem services they provide?

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Forest Research wins funding for collaborative research into oak tree health

9th July, 2020

Forest Research wins funding for collaborative research into oak tree health


A pioneering new project to investigate the health of our British oak trees has been the go-ahead thanks to almost £2 million investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Defra and Scottish Government.


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International Year of Plant Health

20th May, 2020

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s International Year of Plant Health aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health is beneficial to humans, health and the economy. As a way of contributing to this objective, Defra launched a new digital social media campaign called “Healthy plants, healthy minds” on Instagram and Facebook, to seek to inspire more people to appreciate houseplants, gardening and their benefits in supporting mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.


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Action Oak and Covid-19

1st May, 2020

Update from Action Oak

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A coordinated response to the oak processionary moth outbreak

1st May, 2020

While carrying out routine targeted inspections of oak trees in June 2019, a Government plant health inspector noticed something amiss – recently planted trees imported from the Netherlands were infested with oak processionary moth (OPM) caterpillars.

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Understanding the critical roles of bacteria and fungi in oak health and disease

21st November, 2019

Bangor University has been working in collaboration with Forest Research and other institutions to understand the role of both beneficial and pathogenic microbes in oak health and disease.

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University of the West of England AOD research team update

7th October, 2019

The University of the West of England AOD research team has had a busy and successful year with quite a few meetings, presentations and publications.

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