Get to know your local trees – training

Love trees, but don’t know what you’re looking at?

Register to attend free training throughout 2022. Learn about trees and connect with nature where you live, study or work.

The education charity, Field Studies Council, are offering limited free places on one day spring tree identification and care training courses to people living in 7 coastal areas in England: Bexhill-on-Sea, Brighton & Hove, Great Yarmouth, Hull, Portsmouth, Ramsgate and Stockton-on-Tees, plus their surrounding urban areas.

As part of the Forgotten Places Project, connect with nature and improve your knowledge and skills to plant, protect and promote urban trees. Join us to discover your local trees this year.

There will be three courses throughout 2022. These courses will be offered in an in-person format, and there will also be an online alternative.

Discovering Trees in Spring

Our free Discovering Trees in Spring course is an introductory level course.

At the end of this course, you will:

    • Understand how trees fit into the plant kingdom, the key differences between broadleaf and conifer trees, and the basic structure of a tree
    • Understand the basics of tree photosynthesis, life cycles, habitats, niches, ecosystem services
    • Recognise by key characteristics some of the most common urban broadleaf trees
    • Understand that ongoing care is required for planted trees and the importance of monitoring tree pests and diseases

Register your interest by the 1st April 2022 for your chance to reserve a place on one of our Spring tree courses in May 2022. You will be notified by the 8th April if you have been successful and will then need to book your free place.

Registration takes less than 5 minutes. Numbers are limited so register now! T&Cs apply.

Spring Training Courses

These free one-day spring courses will be running in the following locations on the following dates:

    • Bexhill on Sea – 7th May (10am-4:30pm)
    • Brighton & Hove – 7th May (10am-4:30pm)
    • Hull – 14th May (10am-4:30pm)
    • Portsmouth – 22nd May (10am-4:30pm)
    • Great Yarmouth – 28th May (10am-4:30pm)
    • Ramsgate – 28th May (10am-4:30pm)
    • Stockton-on-Tees – 28th May (10am-4:30pm)


Starts – 9th May

Week 1 zoom: 16th May at 4:15pm
Week 2 and 3 Assignment 30th May
Week 4 zoom: 6th June at 4:15pm

This is a 4-week online course for which you will complete a variety of self-led online study content, activities, assignments and live Zoom sessions. Time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion.

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