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Are Oak Trees Protected?

Promoting Sustainable Oak Products

Oak trees have long been an iconic symbol of strength, longevity, and natural beauty. They have played a vital role in the history and culture of the United Kingdom, from ancient folklore to the construction of magnificent ships and buildings. As our awareness of environmental conservation grows, the question arises: Are oak trees protected in the UK? In this post, we will explore the details of protection of oak trees and connect it to the oak products available on our website, highlighting our commitment to sustainability.

The Importance of Oak Trees

Oak trees (Quercus robur and Quercus petraea) have a rich ecological and cultural significance. These majestic trees provide habitat and sustenance for a wide range of wildlife, including birds, insects, and fungi. Oak wood is also highly prized for its durability and aesthetic appeal, making it a sought-after material for various applications, including furniture, flooring, and construction.

Oak Trees and Conservation in the UK

In the UK, oak trees are protected by various conservation laws and regulations. The most notable piece of legislation protecting oak trees is the Forestry Act 1967. This requires landowners to obtain a felling license before cutting down certain types of trees, including oak. The act is designed to ensure that woodland management and tree felling are carried out sustainably, taking into account the ecological impact. This is true for oak sourced from outside the UK as well, mainly Europe. We strive to only supply Oak products that come from a sustainable and reptuable source. You can see a list of our products here.

Additionally, oak trees are often found in areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. These designations further safeguard the oak tree’s natural habitat and biodiversity.

Promoting Sustainability Through Oak Products

At C Timber LTD, we recognize the importance of preserving oak trees and their ecosystems. Our oak products, which include cladding, decking and more, are sourced exclusively from sustainably managed forests. Here’s how we contribute to oak tree conservation and sustainability:

  1. Responsible Sourcing: We work with suppliers who adhere to rigorous sustainability standards, ensuring that the oak used in our products comes from responsibly managed forests. This commitment helps protect oak tree populations and the biodiversity of their habitats.
  2. Sustainability: We have our own mills in Europe and adhere to the sustainability stewardship in each country. Our logs are purchased from forests and sent directly to our mill so we know where everything comes from.
  3. Eco-Friendly Practices: We prioritize eco-friendly manufacturing processes that minimize waste and energy consumption. This reduces the environmental impact of our products while maintaining their quality and beauty. We either sell our sawdust or provide it free of charge to neighbouring towns.
  4. Longevity and Durability: Oak is known for its durability and longevity. Our oak products are built to last, reducing the need for frequent replacements and conserving resources in the long run.


Oak trees are protected in the UK to preserve their natural beauty and ecological importance. At C Timber LTD, we share this commitment to conservation and sustainability. By sourcing oak trees from responsibly managed forests, we help protect oak trees and their habitats while offering our customers high-quality, eco-friendly options. When you choose our oak products, you are not only investing in timeless craftsmanship but also supporting the preservation of one of the world’s most iconic trees. Join us in our mission to protect and promote the beauty of oak trees for generations to come.

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