Trees and the Landscape

Ref: C3744468

This fascinating new course is designed to follow on from the yearly ‘Looking at Trees’ course. We will re familiarise ourselves with our tree knowledge and use this to explore and discover the changing treescapes of the beautiful Rother area. A variety of location visits will include coppiced woodland, ancient woodland, regenerating woodland and some special surprises. Looking at the wider landscape we will discover the influence of local history, culture and ecology on the surrounding tree scapes. From the emerging shoots of acorns to the ancient yews of Crowhurst this course will study the interwoven links between trees, landscape and humanity. The first 2 sessions will begin at Chapel Park Community Centre. The five remaining sessions will be held on site at the various designated areas of interest e.g. Hastings Country Park. Pebsham Marshes.  Transport is shared amongst the group. A level of fitness is required - each session involves 1 to 2 hours moderate walking.

Course aim

A practical exploration of the changing treescapes in the Rother area. We will study the interwoven links between trees, landscape, local history and culture. A fascinating world of change where the patchwork of the countryside has evolved.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This new course is designed to follow on from the yearly ‘Looking at Trees’ course. It would be an asset to have taken this beginners course but not compulsory although a basic knowledge of trees would be required. Basic level of fitness required - walking for 1 to 2 hours with slopes/inclines.

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

  • develop a basic understanding of tree biology. e.g. * the symbiotic relationship between roots/mycelium. * the role of the cambium layer. *tree defence/ decay
  • name 3 different woodland environments e.g. ancient, regeneration, coppice, wooded pasture
  • name 3 local industries / events effecting the woodland landscape e.g ship building, iron industry, charcoal burning, World War One
  • develop an understanding of the complexity of natural/managed treescapes and develop a curiosity about how such treescapes may have arisen.
  • Appreciate the benefits of walking in woodland in terms of Health and Well Being and be able to evaluate the impact of this on your own health and wellbeing

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Internet access would be useful although not compulsory.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • All students will be encouraged to actively engage in conversation in the classroom and on location. Progress will be assessed verbally in an informal manner by the tutor.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • UNLESS torrential storms all sessions will take place - please bring suitable clothing and foot ware. If a session has to be canceled a corresponding session will be added a week after the final course date (Please keep this date free 17/07/20) Basic level of fitness required - 1 to 2 hrs/ session

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Trees and the Landscape

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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