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Beginners Tree ID

Event Detail

Start Date: September 23, 2023
End Date: September 23, 2023
Time: 2-3/3.30pm
Adult £10

Beginners Guide to Tree ID in the Countryside

Do you know your birch from your beech? Would you like to learn more about the trees that share the landscape around us?

Join Guy Petheram to learn the clues to help you identify a host of tree species at Wilder Doddington.

The English countryside is home to many beautiful native tree species, and around Doddington Hall we are lucky to have some large and interesting examples. These trees have played a big part in our history, and the lives of our forebears, and they continue to draw our fascination and respect.

Learning to identify the different types of tree is a great way to begin to unlock their stories and to appreciate both the role they play and their continued importance. 

On this walk we will look at a host of our most common trees, and look at ways to identify them – such as the shape of leaves, texture of bark and overall form of the tree. Country walks will never be the same! 

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

Meet Your Guide – Guy Petheram

“As a garden designer for more than 15 years I have been lucky enough to get to know a wide range of plants, and indeed have been enchanted by many. But of the different types it is trees that captivate the most – and in this I know I am not alone. Beyond their usefulness in our gardens – in their creation of mood and atmosphere, structure and shape – they have a beauty and presence that both intrigues and somehow resonates with us.”

Based in Lincolnshire, Guy has been designing gardens and advising clients for more than 15 years throughout the East Midlands, and beyond, helping them create their own green havens, and everything from large country gardens to small town yards. Increasingly his focus is on consultancy and advice, and, through teaching, inspiring others to have a go at creating their green dreams.

Delivering gardens that are as sustainable as possible is a key focus, and exhibits at RHS Flower Shows have demonstrated his environmental commitment over many years – Hampton Court in 2010 (‘Human Nature’ – silver-gilt award), Hampton Court in 2009 (‘Coppice’ – silver award) and Tatton Park in 2006 (‘The Function Room’ – silver award).

Guy has worked as a garden design lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, is an expert tutor with Learning with Experts and runs a range of his own courses. He has also worked as a project manager for the BBC series Garden Rescue and, when time allows, occasionally contributes articles to a range of magazines including The Garden and the Garden Design Journal.    

  1. Please meet at the Wilder Lincolnshire Festival welcome tent near the Fishpond – see map
  2. The walk will start at 2pm and last approx. 1-1.5 hours.
  3. Whatever the weather we will take a very leisurely short walk with frequent stops.
  4. Ground conditions may be uneven in places. Approximate walking distance will be less than 1km. 
  5. Please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions – long trousers and long sleeves and sturdy footwear are suggested. Bring waterproofs if wet or cold. 
  6. No dogs allowed on this guided group walk.
  7. All guests must be over 14yrs. We cannot accommodate unaccompanied guests under 18yrs.