Dates are being revised due to Covid-19

There are well over 50,000 trees within Epping Forest that are classified as veteran trees of considerable age and beauty that support a diverse array of organisms. You will study these amazing trees, measure and age a few and observe some of the creatures associated with them. Caring for these trees is important and we will discuss techniques used in their management. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail.

Tutor: Sharon Brown

Sharon Brown is a botanist – geographer currently working as an independent ecologist with habitat assessment and management as a main area of expertise. Over time she has also worked for the Nature Conservancy Council, Scottish Rangering, Wildlife Trusts and latterly as an associate tutor for the FSC. As a naturalist she has a fascination for wild places, as well as the wild in more urban settings and an enthusiasm for passing this to others through practical application.

Example Timetable

09.45 - Registration and refreshments at the Centre
10.00 - Introduction
10.45 - Site visit
12.30 – Lunch
13.30 - Site visit
15.30 - Classroom discussion - conservation and future management of veteran trees
16.00 - Course ends

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)


  • A x10 hand lens