When you’re out walking, have you ever wondered, “which tree is that?”
Spring sees the countryside bursting with colour and life. The dormant buds of our trees transform with leaves, flowers and catkins emerging. There’s a lot to take in. Tree flowers come in all shapes and sizes, and some are so small you could walk right by them. But if we look closer we can understand the clues trees give us to unlock their identity and so much more. Like autumn this is a period of dramatic change. It’s a really interesting time to be out in the woods.
On this one-day course, we’ll show you how to identify trees in spring by looking at young leaves, flowers, catkins 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 Tree Name Trail fold out chart, which 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.