Trees for Dendrologists

The course is designed for students wanting to further their interest in and knowledge of trees. The lecturers include John Grimshaw, head of the Yorkshire Arboretum, Ben Jones head of the Harcourt Arboretum, Daniel Luscombe and David Jewell, Head of Collections at the Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens.

There will be lecturing days in central London, at the Harcourt Arboretum and the Herbarium at Oxford, at Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent and at the Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens, Romsey.

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The Syllabus

The syllabus covers the following subjects over a total of ten days:

  • a complete approach to tree classification, taxonomy and systematics
  • naming new species
  • breeding systems, including apomixis, pollination and seed dispersal mechanisms
  • tree families, recent introductions
  • tree structure and morphological models of tree shape and form
  • invasive species and contemporary regulation; Nagoya Protocol

Course Dates

The course will run on the following Tuesdays:


Tuesday 17th September 2019, 15th October, 19th November, 10th December, 14th January 2020, 18th February, 17th March, 14th April, 12th May and 16th June


Tuesday 15th September 2020, 13th October, 17th November, 8th December, 12th January 2021, 16th February, 16th March, 13th April, 11th May and 15th June.


This is not a certificate course and no homework will be set.

Course Fees

The fees for the course are £1595.00 and are payable in full before the beginning of the autumn term. A place is confirmed on the course by sending a non/refundable deposit of £100.00 together with the completed Plant School application form.

Application Form

The application form for joining this course can be downloaded by clicking on the following link. Please complete the form and return it either by email or post.

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