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February 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


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 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
  • Identify trees when their leaves have fallen
  • Learn to use buds, twigs, bark, leaf litter and other winter signs
  • Discover medicinal and edible uses for trees
  • Understand how trees grow and their value to wildlife
  • Get access to a discounted place on The Complete Tree ID Course

Event details

Date: Sat Feb 4, 2023

Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Venue: Park in the Past

Cost: £40

winter tree identification course

Winter Trees Book Included!

Everyone attending this course also gets a FREE field guide. Winter Trees; A Photographic Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs produced by the Field Studies Council. This excellent book features 36 of our common broadleaf trees found in the UK. This guide includes photos and concise descriptions of four particularly useful characters; bud, twig structure, bark and general shape.

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.


February 4, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Park in the Past
Fagl Lane, Hope
Wrexham, Flintshire LL12 9HB United Kingdom
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