Trees are an important part of the plant kingdom, with their colourful leaves, acorns and blossoms surrounding us all.

During this course Introductory course you will start at the very basics of what a tree is and build from there, learning about their biology and ecology. Later topics take you through introducing the two main types of tree in the UK – coniferous and broadleaf trees, looking at the most common species. This course will enable you with the confidence to progress your learning and move onto courses looking more in-depth at specific tree identification.

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.

Who Should Attend?

Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers.

Knowledge Level

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

Prior Knowledge

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

All you need is an interest in this fascinating topic which will be developed through the following topics:

    • What is a Tree?
    • Tree Biology and Ecology
    •  Introduction to Common Coniferous Trees
    • Introduction to Common Broadleaf Trees

This is NOT a tree identification course

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

    • Explain how trees fit into the plant kingdom, the key differences between angiosperms and gymnosperms, and the basic structure of a tree.
    • Understand the basics of tree photosynthesis, life cycles, habitats, niches, ecosystem services.
    • Recognise by key characteristics some of the most common conifers in the UK.
    • Recognise by key characteristics some of the most common broadleaf trees in the UK.
    • 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 your learning about trees with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of the plant kingdom. The 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 March 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 16:30 pm (GMT):

    • Monday 4th April 2022
    • Monday 11th April 2022
    • Monday 18th April 2022
    • Monday 25th April 2022

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

Example Timetable

Week 1: What is a tree?
Self-study material available: 28/03/2022
Week 1 Live Webinar: 04/04/2021 at 4:30 pm

Week 2: Tree ecology and biology
Self-study material available: 04/04/2022
Week 2 Live Webinar: 11/04/2021 at 4:30 pm

Week 3: Introducing common coniferous trees
Self-study material available: 11/04/2022
Week 3 Live webinar: 18/04/2021 at 4:30 pm

Week 4: Introducing common broadleaf trees
Self-study material available: 18/04/2022
Week 4 Live webinar: 25/04/2021 at 4:30 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 09/05/2022

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

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 weekly 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 get an email 48 hours ahead of the course start date 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 on Monday 26th March at 9 am to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.