Field Botany and Plant Uses

Are you curious about plants? Would you like to be able to identify them more easily or know what they can be used for? If you answered Yes to either of these questions, our learning about Field Botany and Plant Uses could be just for you.

Learn all about Field Botany and Plant Uses on these absorbing courses. We can provide bespoke courses for students to learn how to identify plants as well as exploring and discovering plant uses both historically and in present day. All courses are hands on, practical and require a passion for the wonderful world of the green, pink, yellow, and purple. These courses are delivered by our resident ethnobotanist, Jennie Martin.

Learn how to identify plants and explore their uses both historically and in the present day.

Study of Field Botany and Plant Uses can be broken down into separate topics: How to identify plants in the field; Wild food and fibres; Medicines and metabolites; Tree I.D. bark and baskets. We can provide a single module as a stand alone topic, or we can accept bookings for all four to gain a more in depth level of understanding of the subject.

On these stimulating courses participants will learn how to identify plants by exploring their shared patterns, properties and uses. These courses are based around a simple but very effective approach to learning field botany ensuring that no walk in the woods, by the coast, or on the mountain tops will ever be the same again!

Like our other courses and activities, there will be a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Assessments are based on both practical and classroom skills. Topics covered may include: using flora, plant terms, parts and functions, plants by families, properties and uses.

Identify plants by learning how to use a flora and recognising the key characteristics of our most common plant families. Following the end of this course participants will be able to identify over half the plant species in the UK to family!

Learn about the fascinating world of wild food and fibres.  By the end of this course participants will be able to identify different plants for harvesting safely and sustainably as well as creating a wild food feast to share! In addition to discovering the world of plant fibres, where they come from, and what they have been used for.

How many plants have saved the lives of our loved ones? Learn about the medicinal properties of our native plants and how they have been used as medicines both historically and at present. As part of this course participants will also get the chance at making some herbal preparations.

Learn how to start identifying some of our native trees and how humans have used their bark and fibres through history. As part of this course participants will also have the chance to learn about the structure of wood and bark as well as weave your very own basket to take home with you!

We do not have any Field Botany and Plant Uses courses currently scheduled. However, we are able to offer bespoke programmes on request. Please Contact Us if you are interested in discussing. Bespoke course fees include tuition and all necessary learning materials. The fee does not include accommodation or any meals.

These courses are delivered by our resident ethnobotanist, Jennie Martin.