Discovering Trees in Summer

Date(s) - 18 Jul 2021
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

When you’re out walking, have you ever wondered, “which tree is that?”

summer treesDo you know your rowan from your ash? Have no fear, because on this one-day Discovering Trees in Summer course we’ll show you how to identify a host of tree species by looking at leaves, bark, the shape of the tree and other clues. We’ll also look at the different uses that trees have, their place in the ecosystem and even a bit of woodland folklore. You will also take away your very own Tree Name Trail fold out chart, which is perfect for continuing your learning and practising tree ID after the course is done.

summer treesJoin James, who will be your tutor for the day. 

Discovering Trees in Summer Tutor: James Kendall is the Head Bushcraft Instructor at Woodland Classroom. James has been working in environmental education & conservation for over 10 years now, specialising in woodlands. He is also the creator of The Complete Tree ID Course, an online training resource which teaches how to identify trees. He received the Bushcraft Competency Certificate awarded through the Institute for Outdoor Learning after 2 years of real experience and practical study. James was also the Project Manager for Long Wood Community Woodland, the largest community-owned woodland in Wales, overseeing the management of 300 acres (120ha) of broadleaf and conifer forest. He is a former Director of Llais y Goedwig, the voice of community woodlands in Wales.

At lunchtime, share a hot campfire brew together at the woodland fire circle, sheltered under the canopy of native trees.

Attendees of this Discovering Trees in summer course will also get the opportunity to extend their learning by joining James’ online tree training course ‘The Complete Tree ID Course’ at a special discounted rate. To find out more about that course follow this link.

A free copy of the FSC fold out chart ,The Tree Name Trail’ be provided for all participants to take home after the course. The FSC Tree name trail features 34 of the commonest broadleaved and conifer trees found in Great Britain and Ireland. Use the guide’s straightforward flow chart for speedy tree identification. Want to tell apart beech and hornbeam? Maple and sycamore? Ash and rowan? Simple yes/no questions will quickly guide you to the colour illustrations for each tree. Text on the reverse side covers the features of each tree, including leaf shape, flowers, bark, fruits and seeds, habitat, origin and commercial use. Having decided your specimen is a tree, the coloured flow chart will provide you with a name. You can then check your identification using the tree identification guide. A hand lens and a small notebook would be useful, although we will have these, along with other publications, for sale in the Little Green Shop if required.

Please bring warm and waterproof clothing, boots and a packed lunch.

Fee: £40 per person

Click here for Terms and Conditions of Booking

NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place.

  • There will be a smaller number of participants than usual, to allow for at least 2m between all participants
  • Everybody will be required to wear a mask (unless exempt) whilst indoors
  • Please come prepared to work in a cool well ventilated room with plenty of warm clothing
  • Please also bring all of your own drinks, food, flask and cups etc.
  • There will be access to toilets and hand washing plus plenty of hand sanitiser available

You may also be interested in our other courses and events at Denmark Farm, including: Willow Cultivation and Management, Willow Weaving Rope Coil Basket, Willow Weaving Pet BasketTraditional Hedge-laying, ecology, conservation and countryside crafts.

See our events page for the full list.

If you’d like to make a weekend of it and stay at Denmark Farm, please enquire about availability in our self-catering Eco Lodge, Shared Dormitory or Campsite.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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