November 2023 Action Oak Round Table Newsletter

24th November, 2023

November 2023

Action Oak Round Table Newsletter


Dear Valued Partner

Happy #NationalTreeWeek!
As 2023 begins to wrap up, Action Oak brings you their final newsletter of the year


  • News
    • National Tree Week 2023
    • Oak Day 2023
    • NTW Resource hub
    • TTC Tree Talks
    • Congratulations Dan
    • New 5p Coins!
  • Events Recap
  • Annual Report
  • Tree Alert

Read on to find out more.



National Tree Week 2023 

The Tree Council are one of Action Oak’s partners. In late November they run their annual, seasonal campaign ‘National Tree Week’.
This year it runs from the 25th of November until the 3rd of December and the theme is 'Grow a Tree in 23!'
It marks the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘Plant a Tree in 73’ campaign – from which National Tree Week (and The Tree Council) were born!

Oak Day 2023 

On Thursday 30th of November 2023 The Tree Council are kindly collaborating with Action Oak to platform Action Oak’s ‘Oak Day’ to help raise public awareness and appreciation for the UK’s native Oak trees.

We have created resources including oak images, prompts & ready-made social media captions to help you celebrate Oak trees.

Prompt Sheet
Action Oak invites everyone to raise awareness for the UK’s native oak trees.
Join us in the celebration on social media!
Download our Resource Pack
Image by ©Georgina Colman on behalf of Woodland Heritage & Action Oak

NTW Resource hub 

The Tree Council have a host of interesting tree-related activities. Find out more here.

TTC Tree Talks

Join renowned tree-portraitist Mark Frith to explore veteran oak and ash trees captured in art. Mark will be joined by Arts Editor and author Emma Crichton-Miller, an expert on the history of trees in Western Art. This conversation takes place on Action Oak Day, dedicated to celebrating and protecting our native oaks for future generations.
Book for free tickets

Congratulations Dan!

Daniel Maddock from the University of the West of England, Bristol and was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy. His thesis was 'Taxonomic and Genomic Investigation of Soil with Acute Oak Decline'.
This research programme was carried out in collaboration with Forest Research and the Woodland Heritage, College of Health, Science and Society, The University of the West of England, Bristol. 
Left to right: Prof Dawn Arnold, Dr Daniel Maddock, Dr Carrie Brady

New 5p coins!

The Royal Mint issues the new definitive coins with the new 5p set to feature oak. 

"The Royal Mint’s internal product design and technical teams collaborated with the RMAC and external artists to create eight new designs that both symbolise the four nations of the UK and pay tribute to the conservation of the natural world – a cause close to The King’s heart. Providing feedback throughout the process, His Majesty’s involvement with the design process is testament to his passion for craft and the arts." (The Royal Mint)

Read more about these coins, here.
Image By Royal Approval: the United Kingdom’s New Definitive Coins | The Royal Mint
The definitive UK 5p coin displays a leaf taken from an oak tree, which itself is a national symbol of strength, wisdom and healing. Supporting more life than any other native tree species in the UK, the oak tree has a storied association with monarchies, as ancient kings of Britain and Roman Emperors wore crowns of oak leaves.

Events Recap

We're reaching the end of our events programme for 2023. We're excited to share our events programme for 2024 in the new year, if you have an event that would benefit from an Action Oak presence, please get in contact with

Norbury Park

It was fantastic to meet up earlier this month at Norbury Park where we were hosted for our Steering Committee meeting. The day included a tour of one of the World's largest climate change experiments: BIFoR FACE.

Sculpture by the Lakes 

In October, Action Oak attended the Dorset-based Sculpture by the Lakes hosted ‘ARBOR: A Month of Trees’ exhibition.
The month-long exhibition ran from the 27th of September to the 28th of October and brought world-renowned nature experts and artists to Sculpture by the Lakes in a month-long exhibition featuring a specially curated selection of sculptures and artwork inspired by crucial woodland species to celebrate trees. It was inspiring to meet so many fascinating people to talk all things Oak!

Annual Report

Action Oak is collaborative, innovative, and committed to research.
Read our Annual Report below.

Annual Report

Tree Alert

Report suspected tree pests and diseases found anywhere in the UK here.

Tree Alert (
Image by Georgina Colman on behalf of Action Oak
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