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July 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

tree identification training in north wales

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

Do you know your rowan from your ash? Have no fear, because on this one-day 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.

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.

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 for the past 10 years and how wildlife is thriving in this special nature reserve.

Aberduna Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to learn about trees, offering stunning views across the Alyn valley to Moel Famau and the Clwydian Range. The entire site is underlain by limestone, which strongly influences the habitats found on the reserve: woodland with glades, scrub, bracken, calcareous grassland, areas of exposed limestone and small ponds. There’s plenty to get stuck into.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note this course will be going ahead with social distancing in place and with a risk assessment appropriate to Covid-19.

Event details

Date: July 17, 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Venue: Chirk Castle

Cost: £40

identifying trees course in north wales
tree name trail by the field studies council

Tree Name Trail Included!

Everyone attending this course also gets a FREE Tree Name Trail fold out chart produced by the Field Studies Council. This chart features the common broadleaved and conifer trees found in Great Britain and Ireland. 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.

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.

james kendall - bushcraft skills tutor

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 £40 per person and is open to adult learners aged 16 years and over. You can read our Event Terms & Conditions here.


July 17, 2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Chirk Castle


Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


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