We are offering free tree training courses as part of the Trees for Climate Action project. We are fortunate to be able to offer the courses for free to young residents of our target areas thanks to the funding of this project. 

This course is only available for those that meet the eligibility check as part of the Trees for Climate Action project.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You must have a Glasgow postcode (see eligible postcodes here)
  • You must be between the age of 18 – 30 (please bring a valid form of ID to the course)
  • You must have little to no tree knowledge.

Course description

Trees are an integral part of the natural world and our well-being. As part of the Trees for Climate Action project, join fellow Glasgow residents on a free half-day course that will help you to connect with nature and improve your tree knowledge and skills.

This introductory course will start by looking at what exactly makes a tree, a tree. You will be introduced to tree biology and ecology, and the important roles that trees play in the environment, including mitigating climate change. You will also build the skills necessary to recognise trees that are common in your local area and learn interesting facts about what shaped Glasgow’s landscape to look the way it does today.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand how trees fit into the plant kingdom, the key differences between broadleaf and conifer trees, and the basic structure of a tree
  • Understand what shaped your local landscape to look the way it does today
  • Understand the basics of tree photosynthesis, life cycles, habitats, niches, and ecosystem services they provide, including mitigating climate change
  • Recognise by key characteristics some of the most common trees that can be found in your area
  • Understand how to begin pursuing related voluntary roles in your city
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers

What will I get out of attending?

You will learn how to identify, record, care for, and engage with your local trees, as well as discover related volunteer and career opportunities with the support of your tutor. You don’t need any previous experience, just a willingness to explore and learn! You will also receive a free tree guide and a certificate of attendance after your course.

Course dates

The free tree training courses available are:

  • Discovering Trees in Summer
    Wednesday 28th August 2024 10am-1pm or 1.30pm-4.30pm at The Community Bothy, Cuningar Loop, Glasgow G73 1PW
  • Discovering Trees in Winter
    Saturday 30th November 2024 10am-1pm or 1.30pm-4.30pm at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow G12 0UE

To secure your place please book online (no payment details required), selecting your preferred date and time below.

Please get in touch via [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the course.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

This timetable is subject to change but should give an outline of what to expect.

Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly.

Introductions
Field session
Break - refreshments not provided
Working with trees, next steps, and Q&A
Finish

Please note refreshments are not included.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

Before You Attend

Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria above before booking a place.

What to Bring

Notebook and pencil
Refreshments
Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
Passport, driving licence, birth certificate or other ID indicating your age, this will be checked on arrival at the course.

Recommended Literature

Any up to date tree field guides
Field Studies Council has lots of relevant guides to choose from - please click here to browse our tree related publications that you may wish to purchase to enhance your experience

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Wed 28, August 2024 10:00 - 13:00

    Discovering Trees in Summer. Please ensure you are aged 18-30 and live in Glasgow City Region before booking this course. 

    Location
    The Community Bothy, Cuningar Loop, Glasgow G73 1PW
    Price
    £0.00
  • Wed 28, August 2024 13:30 - 16:30

    Discovering Trees in Summer. Please ensure you are aged 18-30 and live in Glasgow City Region before booking this course. 

    Location
    The Community Bothy, Cuningar Loop, Glasgow G73 1PW
    Price
    £0.00
  • Sat 30, November 2024 10:00 - 13:00

    Discovering Trees in Winter. Please ensure you are aged 18-30 and live in Glasgow City Region before booking this course. 

    Location
    Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow G12 0UE
    Price
    £0.00
  • Sat 30, November 2024 13:30 - 16:30

    Discovering Trees in Winter. Please ensure you are aged 18-30 and live in Glasgow City Region before booking this course. 

    Location
    Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow G12 0UE
    Price
    £0.00

Field Studies Council is able to offer free places on these training courses thanks to the wonderful support of the ‘Trees for Climate Action’ project led by Trees for Cities. This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The project will deliver intergenerational, tree-related activities for young people to build their knowledge and learn new skills from environmental professionals and experienced volunteers, mobilising young people to take positive action against climate change.

Please click here to learn more about the project,