Winter Tree identification - RFS one day training course

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Ashley Green

Chesham

HP5 3PP

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Tree Identification - course overview and agenda

Learn to identify and understand the differences between some of the more common broadleaved trees and conifers found in Hockeridge & Pancake Woods, which were planted as forestry crops or as ornamentals. The wood contains a good range of native trees found in the Chilterns and lowland England. Learn to assess the whole tree. Collect samples of twigs & buds to check against simple keys. Compare bark colours and patterns in the wood using simple charts, assess tree and branch shapes, look for seeds and other clues to help with identification and build confidence in your ability to use tree books and keys to identify new species.

Hockeridge and Pancake woods is a 74ha block of woodland on the edge of Berkhamsted in the Chilterns on the Bucks / Herts county boundary. The woods are ancient but have been replanted since the 1950s with a wide mix of broadleaved and conifers. Many of these plantations have recently been thinned to favour broadleaved trees. Ornamental trees have been planted along a network of rides and a “tree trail” with 50 species marked.

Key learning outcomes:

1) Learn to identify and understand the differences between some of the more common broadleaved trees and conifers found in Hockeridge & Pancake Woods in winter. Most of the trees were planted for forestry or as ornamentals. Assess the whole tree. Look at tree bark.

2) Collect samples of twigs and compare buds and budding patterns to help with identification.

3) Gain confidence in using tree books and keys to identify new species.

Included in the ticket price is a 48 page illustrated booklet showing twig and bud arrangement of 36 common native trees in addition to photos of the bark patterns.

Agenda for the day:

9.45am for 10.00am start - Assemble / tea & coffee / Introductions & briefing / Discussion about course expectations

10.30am - Woodland visit - Guided walk taking in a wide range of suitable trees, including tree trail specimens. Collect samples

1.15pm approx. - Lunch

2.00pm - Indoor session 1 - Look up samples and ID using charts and books in pairs and in groups

3.00pm - Indoor session 2 - Talk, questions and discussion / Powerpoint talk to illustrate tree ID points

3.45pm - Depart

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