A photograph of an oak tree from the exhibition 'Celebrating our Oaks'
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Celebrating Our Oaks

Wakehurst is delighted to be hosting a prestigious exhibition of photography, Celebrating Our Oaks which was launched by Action Oak in partnership with the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY). 31 January to 28 February 2019.

Event details

31 January to 28 February 2019

The Oaks, Wakehurst 


Included with garden entry 

About the exhibition

Enjoy the amazing work by photography competition finalists with a love of oak trees, from throughout the UK. 

Ten panels will exhibit 20 stunning images of oak trees. 

Image by John Glover 

Image by Marion Sidebottom 

About Action Oak

Action Oak is a major new campaign to protect the UK’s oak trees from threats including pests and diseases. It is made up of charities, environmental organisations, government and landowners who are seeking to raise vital funding for research and monitoring to help safeguard the 121 million oaks in UK woodlands. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is proud to be a founding partner of Action Oak.

Work will include capturing the first detailed picture of the current health of oaks trees, helping to gain a greater understanding of how to preserve their iconic position in our landscape for generations to come.

The partnership has made good progress since its launch in May with priority areas for funding including research into the genetics of oak trees, the effects of climate change drought, and pests and diseases.


Lord Gardiner, Defra’s Biosecurity Minister officially launched the Action Oak initiative at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show in May 2018.

The campaign contributes to the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan by helping to strengthen biosecurity and build resilience to protect oaks for future generations. It also builds on the £37 million the Government is already investing in tree and plant health research. 

Action Oak is supported by The Prince of Wales, the Patron of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst, who held a cross-sector meeting on the issue of plant health and biosecurity at Highgrove, his residence in Gloucestershire, in February. HRH is also the Patron of Woodland Heritage, the charity that will be administering funds raised by the campaign. The Action Oak Partnership includes The Woodland Trust, Woodland Heritage, National Trust, The Duchy of Cornwall, Forest Research, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, the Forestry Commission, the Northern Ireland Forest Service, Defra, and Scottish, Welsh Governments.

Action Oak has already attracted support from foundations, businesses, artists and celebrities including:

  • Dame Judi Dench, a well-known tree lover – Wrote the forward for the Celebrating Our Oaks book.
  • The Monument Trust, one of Trusts, has donated a further £500,000 towards research into Acute Oak Decline (AOD)
  • The JABBS Foundation, a private family charitable foundation based in Birmingham, has pledged over £565,000 towards research examining oak tree defences at the University of Birmingham for Forest Research.

International Garden Photographer of the Year is one of the world’s premier competitions specialising in botanical photography. There are 11 main categories, of which Celebrating Our Oaks is one. It is run in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where the other categories of the exhibition can be seen.

Celebrating Our Oaks photography exhibition has been supported by HSBC. It will launch at Wakehurst before touring around the UK. For further information about dates and location of the photography tour, and information on how you can support Action Oak please visit www.actionoak.org.