This course is delivered as part of the Forgotten Places Project, active in 7 coastal towns and cities around the UK.

Trees are all around us, and they are an integral part of the natural world and our well-being. As part of the Forgotten Places Project, come and expand your tree knowledge and identification skills, whilst forging a better connection with your local urban trees!

Join us on this one day course to see your community green spaces come to life!

In this course, you will explore features such as buds and twigs that will enable you to identify common tree species, even when they are winter-bare. As well as learning the steps for identification and exploring local green spaces in the presence of an expert tutor, you will learn key terms for describing tree features in winter and discover tips and tricks for becoming familiar with different common broadleaf tree species.

We are also hosting a free 4-week online course covering this topic which will begin on the 11th of January. For more details and to book the course please click here – bookings will close on the 6th of January!

Location: The Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton BN2 4TF

Knowledge Level

Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following web-page: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge

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

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

    • Use buds and twigs to make an accurate tree identification
    • Recognise, by key characteristics, some of the most common urban broadleaf trees in winter
    • Describe key features of trees in winter
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family, fellow volunteers, and colleagues

This is a place-based training course from the Field Studies Council, including a balance of classroom-led learning to impart important knowledge and irreplaceable hands-on outdoor learning opportunities to give you the skills and confidence needed to utilise your learnings independently.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

About the Forgotten Places Project

Field Studies Council is able to offer heavily subsidised places on these training courses thanks to the wonderful support of a project led by Trees for Cities to increase tree cover in coastal cities and towns.

This project is funded by Defra in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Trees for Cities will work with project partners to deliver community tree-planting and education events designed to revitalise coastal urban areas.

Tutor: Biliana Deneva

Biliana Deneva has a Master's degree in Biology and specialises in Botany. She is passionate about everything and anything related to plants. She has experience as a secondary school Biology teacher. She hopes to encourage her audience to become more involved with, curious about, and caring for all living organisms on our planet. 

Example Timetable

Timetable

This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect.

  • Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00am
  • The course will end at 4:30pm

10:00am - Introductions
10:15am-11:30am - Classroom session covering:

  • Winter changes in deciduous trees
  • Key identification features
  • Common broadleaf trees - species profiles

11:30am - Break - refreshments not provided
11:45am - Field session
1:00pm - Lunch - not provided
1:30pm - Classroom session covering:

  • Tree planting & tree care
  • Pests & diseases
  • Fungal interactions

2:30pm - Field session
4:00pm - Classroom plenary, final questions, and what comes next
4:30pm - Finish

Please note, accommodation, lunch, or refreshments are not included.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.

The course includes:

  • Classroom learning covering the theory of the species
  • Field excursions to apply new knowledge
  • Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
  • Clear objectives and progression

We are able to offer limited subsidised places on these training courses thanks to funding from Trees for Cities.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Forgotten Places Project

These courses are from the UK leading education charity, the Field Studies Council.

Field Studies Council is able to offer subsidised places on these training courses thanks to the wonderful support of a project led by Trees for Cities to increase tree cover in smaller coastal cities and towns.

This project is funded by Defra in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Trees for Cities will work with project partners to deliver community tree-planting and education events designed to revitalise coastal urban areas.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Sensible footwear and clothing suitable for all weather is essential - please bring waterproofs if you have them
  • Up to date tree field guides if you own them - the Field Studies Council have a range to choose from:

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

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