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

Please note that the academic year 2020-2021 has been moved back to September 2021 and will begin then. Please see the statement on the academic year for all courses and tours due to start in September 2020 for further details.

Postponed dates

Postponed dates missed from the academic year 2019-2020 will now be caught up on the following days:

  • Tuesday 16th March 2021
  • Tuesday 13th April
  • Tuesday 11th May and
  • Tuesday 15th June

Academic Year 2021-2022

The dates for Trees for Dendrologists are yet to be confirmed.


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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