This introductory folklore online course will look at the history, mythology, and significance of a variety of trees and common wildflower species.
Trees and wildflowers have been beneficial in terms of industry and medicine but also sacred to a variety of civilisations throughout time.
Dipping your toes into the colourful world of British botanical folklore. Their beauty and vibrancy has meant that trees and wildflowers have featured in history, culture and folklore since the earliest times. Due to the creative nature of folklore, this course includes a combination of self-guided reading and research to allow you to fully immerse yourself and build your own picture.
This is a 3-week course covering 3 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Topics are concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop. Understand how our online courses are delivered .
Tutor: Woody River
Woody River is the Director of Secret Landscapes, which offers guided walks on the themes of botany, foraging and literary heritage. With a BA (Hons) and MA in Literature and Creative Writing, Woody is also a qualified teacher who designs and teaches literature and botany courses for adults, as well as providing private tuition for international secondary school students. She has a particular interest in wildflowers and ferns, and loves observing different species of primate in their natural habitats.
I loved the discussion-based aspects to the live parts of the course, as opposed to rehashing what we had already covered in our pre-learning each week. It was great to have a few more facts and tidbits sprinkled in also.
I loved the discussion-based aspects to the live parts of the course, as opposed to rehashing what we had already covered in our pre-learning each week. It was great to have a few more facts and tidbits sprinkled in also.I found the course material interesting and easy to follow. I am an illustrator, hoping to work further within the field of natural history illustration. The course provided a good basis of knowledge and inspired me to keep studying. It provided lots of potential areas of interest for my personal illustration projects.
Amazing subject, knowledgeable tutor, SO INTERESTING. Absoluted loved it. Something I have always been interesting and this course has been a wonderful structured introduction and foundation that enables you get to grips with a wide subject. Would like a more in-depth version for further study.
The last session on the 10 wildflowers was very interesting and helpful. It was good just to focus on 10, as it is easy to get distracted when looking at a whole book.
The organisation of the course has been excellent. I found it easy to log on, the set up with the tasks was easy to navigate, the reminder email prior t the zoom meeting with the link . All very helpful.
The Wildflower section - very clearly laid out; the balance of information was relevant to the course title and upheld my expectation.
I really liked finding out about the folklore of plants and trees I see every day, as it makes me feel more connected to them.
Before You Attend
Accessing Your Course
- Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 24 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.
- Moodle can be accessed through a browser or an app.
- Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend
It is recommended that you access your course through a PC or laptop. Please be aware that there will be reduced functionality if you decide to access the course through a tablet or smartphone. The Field Studies Council is unable to email content directly to you.
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