June 25th - 26th (Sun to Mon) The Oak in Natural History, History and Literature

posted 4 Jan 2016, 04:28 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 26 Dec 2016, 03:12 ]
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 lunch on Sunday and runs until 15.30 pm on Monday.

A multidisciplinary course starting with a look at the oak in legend, folklore and history. Two sessions will be devoted to identification of British oaks and the natural history associated with oaks and oak woodland - including flowering plants, lichens, fungi, insects, birds and mammals. We will also look at the many uses of oak and see why it has been such an important tree, not just for its timber. There will also be a session looking at the oak in poetry and prose with inputs from class members. The final session will be in the garden and grounds of Madingley looking at oaks!

Further information and booking  www.ice.cam.ac.uk/short-courses      phone 01223 746262