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Support Conservation Organisations Protecting and Restoring
the UK's Rare and Threatened Tree Species

Action Oak

Action Oak is an initiative launched in 2018 to protect the UK's oak trees from both current and impending threats to their health and survival.

Britain has more ancient oak trees than the rest of Europe combined, making the oak a quintessential part of our national identity.

Action Oak works with owners and managers of oak trees and woodlands to help protect oak trees from a range of threats. We also fund research to improve understanding of the threats to our oak trees and identify priority areas for action. Discover more about Action Oak’s partnership projects.


Elms for London

Elms for London aims to re-plant elm trees across London with the use of disease resistant clones, following the loss of the majority of mature elm trees in Sputhern and Central Britain from Dutch Elm Disease in the past 50 years. 


 It is planned to get sign-up from each of the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London, and in liaison with them, identify suitable sites for planting, and with local organisations who can accommodate & maintain the newly planted trees.

The project willl launch officially on 4th October 2023.

Living Ash Project

The Living Ash Project aims to identify a large and diverse number of ash trees with good tolerance to ash dieback disease (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus.), to secure this material for further breeding work

Ash dieback is a non native fungal pathogen that was first identified in the UK in 2012.and iestimated 125 million ash trees. 

The Living Ash Project is funded by Defra and runs until August 2024.

Partners include Future Trees Trust, Forest Research, Fera, and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Ancient Yew Group

The Ancient Yew Group finds, records and preserves Britain's ancient and veteran yew trees...the world's greatest collection of Yew trees. It is run entirely by volunteers.

The group records these Yew trees in a  national database that is free to use and assists in the preservation of these historic and irreplaceable trees. . 

The Conservation Foundation

In 1982 The Conservation Foundation was formed by David Shreeve and David Bellamy.  It creates and manages environmental projects, award schemes, awareness campaigns, publications and events covering wide ranging environmental issues and aimed at different and diverse audiences.

Tree conservation projects include The Great British Elm Experiment, The Mulberry Projects and We Love Yew all of which seek to record, conserve and propagate the population of these less common trees in in the UK. 


Trees for Life (Scotland)

Trees for Life are a conservation charity dedicated to rewilding the Scottish Highlands to restore the unique Caledonian Forest which once covered much of Scotland. This includes protecting and restoring Scotland's Caledonian Pinewood Trees.

They have established 44 tree planting sites and planted nearly two million well as created a Scottish native tree seed bank with traceable local provenance to support the tree planting

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