When you’re out walking, have you ever wondered, “which tree is that?”
Once the leaves have fallen from the trees, many people can be stumped when asked what they’re seeing in the woods. But if we can understand the clues trees give us we can unlock their identity and so much more. On this one-day course, we’ll show you how to identify trees in winter by looking at buds, 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 dive into a bit of woodland folklore. You will also take away your very own field guide Winter Trees: A Photographic Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs published by the Field Studies Council. This excellent resource is perfect for continuing your learning and practising tree ID after the course is done.
Join James, who will be your tutor for the day. He has worked for many years in and around trees from managing the largest Community Woodland in Wales (300 acres, no less) to introducing children to the wonder of woods with his Forest School work. James has also introduced thousands of students to the subject of tree identification through his popular online programme The Complete Tree ID Course.
At lunchtime, share a hot campfire brew together at the woodland fire circle, sheltered under the canopy of native trees. You’l learn about the restorative woodland management that has been happening here and how wildlife is thriving in this special nature reserve. Your course will all be set against the beautiful backdrop of the ancient woodland of the National Trust’s Chirk Castle estate, designated a SSSI for it’s woodland invertebrates.