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8 Feb: Crazy about Conifers with Jennie Martin

What makes a conifer a conifer, how can you tell them apart, and what do they do for the environment? Join Kew Trained ethnobotanist Jennie Martin for an introduction to all things coniferous at Logie Steading.

Jennie Martin has worked in nature conservation and education for over 25 years delivering a variety of courses to all ages from primary school children to 95 year olds. Over the past 10 years she has primarily worked with adults training them in naturalist and bushcraft skills, with a partular focus on botany and ethnobotany.

Jennie is particularly known for her passion for plants and for making what can seem like a complex and intimidating subject accessible and fun for all.

During this fun and interactive workshop you will have the chance to learn some of the key physical characteristics that will help you identify different conifers and family groups, and learn about some of the ethnobotanical uses of this fascinating group of plants.  Jennie will also introduce you to several resources that can help with continued learning.

Half the day will be inside and half outside looking at specimens in the wonderful woodlands near the Findhorn River.

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10 a.m. until approx. 3.30pm

£45 per head (under 18's £20)

What to bring:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Warm clothes (including hat and gloves)
  • Rain jacket and trousers
  • Waterproof boots (wellies are good if they are insulated)
  • Shoes for inside the meeting room
  • Packed lunch (unless you would like to take advantage of the delights of the Olive Tree Cafe at the steading)
  • Drinking bottle

Teas, coffees and biscuits will be provided by Jennie

"Jennie is so knowledgeable and passionate about all things botanical. I highly recommend attending one of her walks, talks or courses if you have the opportunity. I particularly loved finding out some of the historical background and ancient uses of various plants and fungi"

“Jennie is an intelligent, inspiring and skilled practitioner. You can’t fail to be enthused by her knowledge and passion for plants and wilderness. I can honestly say that working with Jennie transformed my own practice..."

"Passionate with in-depth knowledge."

“I have learnt more from Jennie in a week than I did in a four-year botany degree. Anyone who wants to work in the outdoors - you have to try this. It has been just inspiring and amazing."