Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

Learn how to identify native broad-leaved trees and shrubs in the summer! This course will focus on identifying native broad-leaved trees and shrubs using leaves, bark, fruits, nuts and seeds. You will also learn something of the lives of these trees and their place in the woodland environment. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail.

Epping Forest is well known as ancient woodland with a range of trees native to the British Isles, but within the forest surrounds are areas of plantation where other non-native but common woodland trees can be found. The day will be of particular interest to those who have a limited knowledge and would like to know how to recognise common and less common trees, but will also be suitable for those who have some knowledge of trees they would like to develop. Putting these trees in context, participants will also learn something of the lives of these trees and their place in the woodland environment

Tutor: Andy Deane

Andy Deane is a lecturer in Arboriculture and Countryside Management as well as a qualified Tree Inspector. He is also a Lantra and NPTC registered assessor/trainer in chainsaw and related activities with many years' 'hands-on' experience in woodland management.

Example Timetable

09.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Introductory talk
10.30 Field session
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Field session
15.30 Refreshments, Questions and summary
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)


  • Any tree identification books you may own