Getting to Know Conifers

In winter, when there are very few flowers around and most of our native plants have lost their leaves, it is a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on the conifers – most of which are evergreen and still bear cones.

The British flora is remarkably poor in diversity of native conifers but many introduced species form a major feature in our landscape. And here in the south east of England at Bedgebury Pinetum (Kent) we are fortunate to have the opportunity to study the finest world collection of this magnificent group of trees.

What Topics Are Covered In This Course?

Saturday will be spent in and around Juniper Hall:

  • Begin by considering the key features of the different families and genera of conifers
  • Start to separate the different species
  • Study some specimens of different cones and foliage that will be available.

On Sunday we shall visit Bedgebury Pinetum:

  • Consolidate what we covered on Saturday.
  • Use the time to build confidence in field recognition of the major genera
  • Practice looking for appropriate characters to confirm the species.

We shall also explore the Pinetum for the unusual and uncommon members of this wonderful group of plants. The entrance charge to the Pinetum is included in the charge for the course.

This week-end is suitable for beginners and all those who love trees. No previous knowledge is assumed.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

19th November 2021 at 4:30pm




Field Studies Council




Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


FSC Juniper Hall, United Kingdom

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