Broad-leaved Trees in Winter

The Larches

C) Beth Hukins

Big Tree (Dan Attwood)

© Dan Attwood

Broad-leaved Trees in Winter

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Learn how to identify native broad-leaved trees and shrubs by their twigs, buds and bark

Event details


10:00am - 4:00pm
A static map of Broad-leaved Trees in Winter

About the event

Trees and shrubs are a very important and beautiful part of our natural heritage, no less so in the winter when other plants have died back.  Other wildlife depends on them throughout the year.

This course is designed to help participants to identify our native trees and shrubs using their twigs, buds and bark. We shall be focussing on native species plus a handful that are well naturalised.

Most of the morning will be spent in the classroom getting to grips with those basic features of winter twigs that can be used as clues to identification.  Simplified keys will be introduced and students will be encouraged to use “A Guide to the Identification of Deciduous Broad-leaved Trees and Shrubs in Winter” by Andrew May and Jonathan Panter or their own favourite tree guide.  There will be a variety of twigs available for practice.  The rest of the day will be spent in the nature park at Tyland Barn or nearby, where we will be putting into practice what has been covered in the morning.

By the end of this course it is expected that you will feel confident to:

  • identify the basic features of winter twigs
  • use simplified keys

Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist

Suitable for beginners and for those who, however knowledgeable about trees, do not feel confident at identifying them in winter.

Places are now available on this course. Scroll down this page to book places online.


Phone number

01622 662012


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

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Minimal walking at a slow pace (200 yards per hour!).  Close-up wheelchair access available to nearly all specimens.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair accessible. All surface path around wildlife garden. Pond with an accessible platform.

What to bring

A notebook and pencil.  A x10 hand lens (available on loan or for purchase at the Barn at £8.75).  Suitable outdoor clothing and a picnic lunch

Your favourite tree book such as “Collins Tree Guide” by David More and Owen Johnson.  We shall also use “A Guide to the Identification of Deciduous Broad-leaved Trees and Shrubs in Winter” by Andrew May and Jonathan Panter (£6).

Parking information

Parking available on site


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012