Day And Residential Courses 2018

Aimed at interested adults. For further details about cost, accommodation and booking, please contact the venue via address/phone/email below to receive further information when it is available - or phone me. Note that many courses book up months beforehand. Most centres accept non-residential bookings too. Weekend (W/E) courses start on Friday evening and usually end on Sunday after lunch.

Note - Patrick also takes small (up to 12 people) private groups into the Peak District and areas close to Sheffield to learn how to identify trees, wild flowers or mushrooms, depending on the season - costing from £80 for two hours. Contact me to discuss plans.

Sat 24th Feb 2018 The 9th South Yorkshire Natural History Day Treeton S Yorks

posted 17 Mar 2017, 08:07 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 05:56 ]

A festival of amateur natural history in South Yorkshire with displays and a series of talks from 10.30 am to 6.00 pm. Includes talks about Sorby Natural History, local bird ringing, plants of local canals and butterfly atlases of Sheffield and Barnsley. At 11.00 am Patrick will speak on Foraging for Flowers, Fruits and Fungi in and around Sheffield. No charge for the day which is to be held at Treeton Miners Welfare, Arundel Street, Treeton, S60 5PW

Saturday March 17th Two Talks - Wild Flowers of the Peak District and A Floral Anthology

posted 17 Mar 2017, 08:01 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 09:06 ]

Patrick will give two illustrated talks during a day that runs from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.
A look at flowers of the Peak District with reference to different habitats, geology, climate and the position of the Peak. Based on the best-selling book written by Patrick Wild Flowers of the Peak District published by the Hallamshire Press.
Stories about plants (and some fungi) will look at medicinal and other uses of plants along with usage during the great war and folklore. Based on Patrick,s book Patrick's Florilegium.

To be held at Disley Methodist Church, 70 Buxton Road, Disley SK12 2EA Fee £15 including lunch, tea and coffee - organised by WEA Disley - cheques payable to Pat Orchard, 60 Meadway, Poynton, Stockport SK 12 1DZ


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June 9th (Saturday) 11.00 - 3.30 Plants as Food and Medicine in Nottinghamshire

posted 4 Jan 2016, 04:55 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 11 Jan 2018, 08:17 ]

A day organised by the Forestry Commission and based at the Sherwood Pines Forest Park near Edwinstowe. A day of two parts - one looking at edible wild plants, the other at the medicinal use of wild plants.
There will be books to look at and illustrated talks with handouts to augment the two forays in to the forest to find some of the plants mentioned in the talks. From wild garlic and dandelion coffee to the medicinal use of plants such as chickweed, raspberry and water mint.

Further details and bookings   phone 01623 821459

June 16th (Saturday) The Oak in Natural History, History & Literature - based in Oxford

posted 4 Jan 2016, 04:45 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 11 Jan 2018, 08:28 ]

A day school at Rewley House for Oxford University.

A multidisciplinary day school starting with the place of oak in legend and history in Britain. A session on natural history will look at the identification of our two native oak species and some of the fauna and flora associated with oak woodlands. A lecture on the uses of oak will look at woodland management and the many uses of oak from building to tanning and barrels to charcoal. The final session will explore how oaks has been portrayed in literature - with readings from participants (not compulsory!) of favourite poems and prose extracts.

More details and booking    phone 01865 270 368         50% booked up by early January

June 22nd - 24th (Fri to Sun) The Identification of Britain's Native Trees

posted 4 Jan 2016, 04:28 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 11 Jan 2018, 08:39 ]

A course run by the University of Cambridge based at Madingley Hall to the west of Cambridge set in a Capability Brown landscape, and offering a very high standard of accommodation and food. The course starts with dinner on Friday and runs until lunch on Sunday.

Three of the sessions will look in detail at the identification of Britain's native trees and shrubs - illustrated with slides and specimens - plus handouts. This will be backed up by two outdoor sessions, one to look at trees in the Cambridge Botanic Gardens, the other at the trees in the grounds at Madingley. There will also be a session on the different uses to which our trees have been put.

Further information and booking      phone 01223 746262 

Monday July 2nd Food for Free (edible wild plants) and Medicinal Plants at Creswell Crags

posted 3 Jan 2016, 07:15 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 16 Jan 2018, 06:52 ]

A day school looking at useful wild plants. Illustrated talks on plants for food and drink and also about plants with medicinal properties. Includes trips out to look at wild plants and to learn how to identify them. There will also be specimens,medicines and a display of useful books. Bring a picnic lunch or get food and drink in the excellent cafe.

Further information and booking from   phone 01909 720378

Mon July 16 - Friday July 20 Cambridge University International Summer Programme - The Medicinal Properties of Plants

posted 3 Jan 2016, 07:01 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 16 Jan 2018, 07:06 ]

A series of 5 afternoon sessions starting with a look at the history of plants used in medicine and then looking in detail at some of the more important chemical groups found in plants and which have important medicinal properties. These will include alkaloids, coumarins and essential oils which hare still used  in the treatment of cancer, diabetes and for the prevention of blood clots. The Friday session will take place at the nearby Cambridge Botanic Garden where we will follow the Chemicals from Plants trail and examine some of the plants mentioned in the lectures.

Part of a 1 week/2 week science programme which includes morning plenary lectures and evening events and outings. Accommodation is available at a number of the Cambridge colleges.

Ask to see the full Summer Programme booklet - for more information phone 01223760850 or Email                                                        website

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