November is an irresistible time to turn our attention to our native trees. At this time our broad-leaved trees have just lost their blaze of colour and the conifers stand out in majestic contrast; but by late November we can no longer rely solely on the foliage and fruits, we must now look to twig formation and winter buds to help us identify these important members of our natural heritage
This one-day course is concerned with identification and is suitable for beginners and all those who love trees. No previous knowledge will be assumed.
Depending on weather conditions, much of the day will be spent in the classroom, sorting through specimens and getting to grips with the terminology of the features of the bare stems, the winter buds and (in the case of our few conifers) needle arrangement and cones/’berries’. You will also practise working with different keys to identification. Simplified keys will be introduced and you will be encouraged to use “A guide to the identification of deciduous broad-leaved trees and shrubs in winter” by Andrew May and Jonathan Panter (£5). Regardless of the weather, we will aim spend plenty of time exploring the Garden for our native trees in order to put into practice what we have learned.
Be prepared for short bursts of brisk walking whilst outdoors. However, there will be longer periods of standing still while studying different tree specimens and, whatever the weather, you may become cold at these times, so do bring appropriate clothing.
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