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June 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

how to identify native trees

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

Do you know your alder from your elder? To many people our hedegrows and forests can look like a sea of green, but if we look closer and 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 summer by looking at leaves, developing seeds, fruits, bark 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 British Trees: A Leaf ID Guide. This handy 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 is happening here and how wildlife is returning to this special place. Your course will all be set against the beautiful backdrop of the mixed woodland and riverside and open lake of Park in the Past, a 120 acre site where the landscape is slowly being turned back to how it would have looked in the 1st Century AD.

  • Gain confidence in identifying a range of common native & naturalised tree species
  • Recognise differences between similar looking species
  • Learn to use leaves, fruits, seeds, bark and other seasonal signs
  • Discover medicinal and edible uses for trees
  • Understand how trees grow and their value to wildlife
  • Receive your own Native Tree ID Guide
  • Get access to a discounted place on The Complete Tree ID Course

Event details

Date: Sat 9th June 2024

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: Park in the Past

Cost: £45

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Everyone attending this course also gets a FREE field guide; British Trees: Summer Signs. This excellent quick reference sheet features 18 of our common broadleaf trees found in the UK. This guide includes photos and concise descriptions of four particularly useful characters; summer leaves, developing seeds, bark and leaf arrangement.

Your Tutor: James Kendall

James is the Head Bushcraft Instructor at Woodland Classroom, having worked in outdoor education & conservation for over 10 years. James’ approach to teaching steers students toward fostering a deeper connection with nature through understanding the landscape around us; “Bushcraft skills are an effective way to do this as we learn how to make use of natural materials and live lightly with the land, whilst also connecting with our own ancient past by seeing the land through the eyes of our ancestors.”

In 2017 James received the Bushcraft Competency Certificate awarded through the Institute for Outdoor Learning after 2 years of teaching experience and practical study. He is also a member of the IOL Bushcraft Professional Practise Group. The group aims to promote best practice in the growing industry of bushcraft activity providers.

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Skills you will learn

Over the course of the programme you will learn a range of skills, including…


Tree & Plant identification


Reading the Landscape


Nature Connection


Hedgerow Foraging

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This course costs £45 per person and is open to adult learners aged 16 years and over. You can read our Event Terms & Conditions here.


June 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Park in the Past
Fagl Lane, Hope
Wrexham, Flintshire LL12 9HB United Kingdom


Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


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