This course is entirely outdoors involving walking on the estate and finding trees to identify. There will be no set route, we will be guided by what we see and choose to investigate.

We may spend some time at one tree getting to grips with the features that distinguish it from other trees. It will be entirely descriptive and is aimed at people who want to learn how to identify common trees when they are out and about in their spare time. Therefore, we will be looking to some degree and growth form but mostly at buds, twigs and bark and any other tell-tale signs.

No prior knowledge is needed, this is a day for absolute beginners.

This course is aimed at adults only and you must be at least 18 years old to attend.

By the end of the course attendees will be able to:

  • Identify a range of common broadleaf tree species in winter
  • Use features such as twigs, buds and bark to identify species


This course takes place at Doddington Hall.

Doddington Hall is situated on the outskirts of Lincoln:

Doddington Hall & Gardens
Main Street

Course fees

If you are aged 18-25 please select Adult (Option 1) £10

If you are aged over 25 please select Adult (Option 2) £30

The course fees are subsidised by the Wilder Connections project and reduced from the normal cost of £60.

Tutor: Carl Hawke

Carl Hawke has worked in nature conservation in the UK and Africa for 33 years, both practically and in an advisory capacity, for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and National Trust. Trees have unsurprisingly always been a major part of it all, especially the magnificent veteran and ancient trees that we are lucky enough to have in the UK. He is firmly of the belief that the UK needs much more wooded habitat than it currently has, quality resilient habitats that will support diverse wildlife for centuries to come.

Example Timetable

10.00 – Meet at the Giant bike shop car park. Introduction to the day, health and safety briefing

10.30 – 12.30 Walk the estate and look at various trees

12.30 - 13.30  Lunch

13.30 – 15.30 Walk the estate and look at various trees

15.30 – 16.00 Sum up and depart

What's Included


  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    I am now more confident in my own ability to assess trees in my local area. Overall, I had a fantastic time and met lovely people whilst learning useful skills which will help me to contribute data needed to help restore and manage these vital habitat types.  

Bursaries and Subsidies

This course is subsidised by the Wilder Connections project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Aged 18-25: Select Adult Option 1 - £10
  • Over 25's: Select Adult Option 2 - £30

Reduced from normal course price of £60.

Please select the correct option when booking.

Before You Attend

What to bring

  • Plenty of warm and waterproof clothing and footwear.
  • Flasks of hot drinks and a packed lunch (unless the weather is awful, we will lunch outdoors).
  • A clipboard/notebook and pen to take notes if you wish.
  • A camera or phone with camera to take shots of trees, buds and bark for future reference.


Please find details of travelling to Doddington Hall on their website

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