The History and Natural History of Trees

Ref: C3529043

Trees and woodlands form a major part of the British landscape, trees are not only beautiful they are of great importance to wildlife and human wellbeing. This course will cover a wide range of topics including an introduction to native trees species and their ecology, woodland management and conservation. Various aspects of the many way humans have used woodland products from earliest times to the present day will be investigated using both biological and archaeological evidence as well as documentary sources. All lectures will be fully illustrated together with a practical session on tree identification.

Course aim

Trees are major landscape features, once they provided people with many of their building materials. This course will look at the natural history of trees and woodland and how people have made use of the products.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List ten native tree species in the British Isles
  • Explain why there are so few native tree species in Britain
  • List 5 uses of trees and woodlands in British woodlands
  • Outline three threats to Britain's woodlands
  • Name three organisations involved with the conservation and protection of trees

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The History and Natural History of Trees


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