25 Jan: Winter Tree Identification with Jennie Martin

Join ethnobotanist Jennie Martin for a fun and informative day learning how to identify broadleaved trees in winter - easier than you think when you are shown how to do it!

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.

This winter tree id course is an entry level course for those wanting to learn how to identify trees in winter.

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“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."

A walk in the colder months can be equally delightful with recognising a whole variety of trees by bud, bark, shape and other key features and this fun and informal day you will have the opportunity to learn some useful tools to help you with your identification skills.

The day will be divided between time outside looking at (mainly) native trees, and then time inside exploring how to use simple keys and learning the basic 'botanese' (botanical language) used with winter tree identification.

Towards the end of the day we will finish inside with participants having the opportunity to identify some twigs and buds themselves in the meeting room using the keys and hand lenses provided by Jennie.

10 a.m. until approx. 3.30pm

£45 per head (under 18's £20)

please register your interest here

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


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