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Winter Tree Walk

Event Detail

Start Date: February 18, 2024
End Date: February 18, 2024
Time: 10am-12.30pm
Adult £10

Many of the distinguishing characteristics of trees – such as leaves, flowers and fruits – are lost in winter, which can make it seem tricky to identify one tree from the next.

Learn how to identify some of our common native tree species on a relaxed walk in the Wilder Doddington landscape and woods with Guy Petheram. Without leaves, flowers or fruits there are still many clues to help tell trees apart – from buds and bark to twigs and overall shape. A great way to blow away some New Year cobwebs! Once you get your eye in you will see more and more detail, and winter walks will come alive with added interest.

No prior knowledge is needed, just a warm coat and boots!

Sunday 18 February, 10am – 12.30pm (finish time is approximate): BOOK NOW

£10 per person

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 note that tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  2. Please meet at the Wagon Shed near the Stable Yard – see map.
  3. The walk will start at 10am and last approx. 2.5 hours.
  4. Whatever the weather we will take a very leisurely walk with frequent stops.
  5. Ground conditions may be uneven in places. Approximate walking distance will be around 2km. 
  6. 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. 
  7. No dogs allowed on this guided group walk.
  8. All guests must be over 18yrs.