Getting to Know Conifers

Photo of pine trees (D Attwood)

Getting to Know Conifers

Fully booked
Pine, spruce, larch, fir, cedar, redwood… an introduction to identification in the classroom through foliage and cones. Linked to next day.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10.30am -3/4pm
A static map of Getting to Know Conifers

About the event

Most of the day will be spent in the Barn classroom getting to grips with those basic features of cones and foliage that help us distinguish the main genera (such as Pine, Fir, Cedar, Juniper, Cypress and Yew). We shall also consider the features that can be used to differentiate the various species of each of the genera.  Simplified keys will be introduced and students will be encouraged to use them on a variety of twigs and cones that will be available for practice. 

It is expected that by the end of the session you will:

  • have gained an understanding of what a conifer is and how they are classified
  • be able to use features of cones and foliage for identification purposes.

This course is linked to a field trip to Bedgebury Pinetum on Sunday 21 November, where we will be consolidating what we have learnt on this day. It is highly recommended that participants join both study days to get the full benefit.

Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist

Suitable for beginners and improvers



Phone number

01622 662012


Normal fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only


This study day is classroom based.

Wheelchair access

All the public areas at Tyland Barn have wheelchair access.

What to bring

Notebook, pencil, hand lens x10 (available on loan or for purchase at £8.75), packed lunch (or cafe open), outdoor clothing for exploring nature park at midday.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012