Can you tell the difference between an Oak and an Ash?
Aged 18-30 in Glasgow or Bradford and want to get to know your local trees better?
Registrations will be open soon for our next in-person courses.
Registrations for our free tree guides are now open – visit our Free Tree Guides page to register
Discover your local trees in 2024!
The Field Studies Council will be running free tree training courses in your community – registrations will be open soon for our next in-person course.
We will be delivering 21 training courses across Bradford and Glasgow from 2023 to late 2025, both in-person and online. The courses will take you on a journey through the seasons and will be localised to each city region, reflecting the needs and desires of your community!
If you’re aged 18-30*, or support this age group at home, work, school, or in the community, please register for our next course when this opens.
*You can also register if you are outside of this age bracket (30+), but training places will be allocated based on target audiences and availability according to our T&Cs.
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 will not need any previous experience, just a willingness to explore and learn! You will also receive a certificate of attendance after your course.
Discovering Trees in Winter
This free one-day introduction course will start by looking at the changes deciduous trees undertake in winter and the key features to use for their identification at this time including buds and twigs. You will also delve into different aspects of tree conservation from tree planting to identifying tree pests and diseases and learn more about how you can take action in your city.
This course will be a mixture of classroom and field-based learning out and about in local green space!
Courses will be taking place on the following dates:
- Bradford: 3rd November 2023 – 10am-4:30pm at Cliffe Castle Museum & Park (Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, BD21 6HL)
- Glasgow: 18th November 2023 – 10am-4:30pm at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall (2025 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, G43 1NE)
Our next in-person course, ‘Discovering Trees in Winter‘ will be taking place in November.
What do others think?
Join thousands of fellow young people in Bradford and Glasgow enjoying trees, building new skills, improving their well-being and the natural environment.
98% of people recommend our tree training.
Quotes from people attending tree training in 2022 in seven UK towns:
- “The tutor was brilliant, very knowledgeable and friendly! The variety of trees we actively ID’d on the course was brilliant too, lots of variety!”
- “Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. This course was a real eye-opener.”
- “The course made me take much more notice of trees during my walks, bringing leaves and fruit back home for identification. I shared my new knowledge with friends and they also took more notice of trees. The course was well presented and easy to navigate.”
- “I liked the good rapport between people on the course; excellent presenter who really knew her subject and could walk us through the steps in identification and who had volunteering options available; good outdoor visit to trees in park”
Other ways to get involved
We are looking for local tree tutors! Could this be you or someone you know? If you have the necessary tree knowledge but don’t yet feel confident enough to deliver courses to groups – don’t worry, we will help you to build the skills and confidence through training and mentoring.
This is a paid opportunity that will see you invested in personally as you join our national tutor network.
Do you have a venue in mind that would be perfect for hosting one of our training courses? We ask that venues are accessible via public transport, can comfortably accommodate up to 20 people, have access to a screen/projector for PowerPoint presentations, and woodland space for field sessions.
If you would like to chat to the team regarding the above or anything else relevant to this project, please get in touch at [email protected].
Who are you again?
The training is delivered by the UK environmental education charity and leading publisher of wildlife ID guides, the Field Studies Council.
We can provide free training thanks to the wonderful support of this project led by Trees for Cities that aims to engage 20,000 young people with trees in Glasgow and Bradford. This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
We believe that every tree makes a difference. All the trees in our streets, gardens and towns play an important role in our ecosystem.
Register your interest in attending free tree training in 2023 to help you upskill and connect with nature.