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Trees and wildflowers have been beneficial in terms of industry and medicine but also sacred to a variety of civilisations throughout time.

This introductory botanical folklore course will look at the history, mythology, and significance of a variety of tree and common wildflower species. Their beauty and vibrancy has meant that trees and wildflowers have featured in history, culture and folklore since the earliest times. This is the perfect starter course for those dipping their toes into the colourful world of British botanical folklore.

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.

Who Should Attend?

Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Keen folklorists

Knowledge Level

Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Natural History Framework and Course Level Descriptors 

Prior Knowledge

No existing knowledge, or experience is needed for this course. Just a willingness to explore and learn.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of botanical folklore through these topics:

  • Historical Uses of Trees
  • Tree Folklore Stories
  • Historical and cultural uses of flowering plants

This course is a combination of two courses from 2021 Folklore of Trees and Discovering Wildflowers and Their Folklore.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify some of the traditional and current uses for a range of common British tree species.
  • Understand the folklore of five common British tree species.
  • Identify the historical and cultural uses of British flowering plants.
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers

This is a training course from the FSC, including online course materials, expert tuition and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress you’re learning about wildflowers with further relevant FSC courses, or branch out into other areas of the plant kingdom. FSC offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on 26th February 2022 to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – bookings will not be taken after this time.*

* Bookings will close sooner if course capacity is reached

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

  • See the ‘Example Timetable’ and ‘What’s Included’ sections below for more information about this course.
  • Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Group Bookings Made Easy

If you have a group of 10 or more individuals wanting to complete one of our courses, our team are available to discuss your options – from discounts to private team courses.

  • Discounted rates
  • Privately run courses for your group
  • Bespoke courses developed specifically for your needs

Email [email protected] to discuss your options! 

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

Laurie Wildwood is a professional Ecological Consultant and botany tutor who, with his refreshing approach, aims to inspire adults and children to explore and appreciate the natural world. His professional background is in ecology, conservation and habitat management.

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 4:30 pm (GMT):

  • Monday 7th March at 4:30 – 5:15 pm
  • Monday 14th March at 4:30 – 5:15 pm
  • Monday 21st March at 4:30 – 5:15 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

Week 1: Historical Uses of Trees
Self-study material available:28/02/2022
Week 1 live webinar: 07/03/2021 at 4:30 pm
Week 2: Tree Folklore Stories
Self-study material available: 07/03/2022
Week 2 live webinar: 14/03/2022 at 4:30 pm

Week 3: Historical and cultural uses of flowering plants
Self-study material available: 14/03/2022
Week 3 live webinar: 21/03/2022 at 4:30 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 04/04/2022

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2-3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the zoom session.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you continue to build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC. The course includes:

  • 45-minute interactive Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
  • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
  • Exercises to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.
Webinars are via Zoom, so you won’t need any new software to attend

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on 26th February 2022 to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.