TALKS AND WALKS ON TREE PLANTING, WOODLAND HISTORY, STORIES AND THE TRADITIONS OF OUR BRITISH TREES AND PLANTS
Jonathon offers a range of talks for all types of groups from tree planting and woodland history to the stories and traditions of our British trees and plants.
His talks are not illustrated but brought alive with infectious passion, poetry and practical props. He has been lecturing for nearly fifteen years and has spoken to many diverse groups, from church groups to retirement clubs, winemaking to gardening groups, the National Trust, Wildlife Trust and many other conservation groups. Jonathon also offers unique monthly walks which blend the practical with the historical and poetic expression of our inspiring and wonderful flora. The walks include the making and eating of wild foods found in the woods.Walks can also be arranged for specific group’s requirements
Next walk 20th January– Winter tree identification and learn to make wildberry syrup
‘Thank you for the talk….a frequently heard comment was that it was too short.’ Sandgate Conservation Society, West Sussex.
‘You certainly put across your passion for the subject, and we all marvelled at your powers of recall’ Sussex Woodcraft Society.
‘It was most interesting to hear you speak about all aspects of trees and communicate your knowledge and enjoyment, and without the usual visual aids!’ The Five Village Society, West Sussex.
The following talks are offered at the cost of £50 plus expenses and usually last around one hour which can be increased or shortened according to preferences.
A celebration of our Ancient Countryside looking at how British woods were formed, what they once looked like and examples of ‘old woods’ today. Jonathon will bring alive the British Countryside using poetry, folklore and a life-long passion of working with trees. This talk is ideal for a first visit as it sets the scene for future talks.
THE ECOLOGY OF ANCIENT WOODLANDS
A fascinating journey which looks at how British woods were formed, what they once looked like and how they have been managed over the last six thousand years. This talk will explore the flora and fauna of our woodlands painting a picture of how the original wild woods may have looked.
HISTORY OF ANCIENT WOODLANDS
An in-depth exploration of woodland management from Mesolithic times through to the modern age. This talk will address many myths that have been created about the destruction of our woods and help paint an optimistic picture for their future.
TRADITIONS, STORIES AND USES OF TREES
Each tree has it’s own story to tell. This talk illustrates how trees have played a huge part in our cultural history and how dependent we truly are on them.
ANCIENT WOODLAND FOLKLORE
Stories, poems and further insights into the woodland flora of the British Isles. This talk includes information on the trees of woodlands as well as the flowers.
ANCIENT WOODLAND REMEDIES
An eye-opening journey into our dependence on the woodland flora for medicine, food and many other resources. This talk also includes information on the trees of woodlands as well as the flowers.
TREE PLANTING, WILDLIFE GARDENING AND WOODLAND CONSERVATION
A practical talk looking at growing trees from seed and how to plant and manage them. Jonathon will also give tips to enable the urban gardener/tree enthusiast to participate in creating diversity for local wildlife using small trees and hedgerows.
The above talks are suggestions and I am always open to other ideas.