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Northern Ireland Volunteers get to grips with winter skins

In March Northern Ireland volunteers took part in the first volunteer event of 2017 – Winter Tree Identification.

Trainer David Thompson teaches the group how to spot characteristics of tree species via their buds. (Photo: L. Nixon)

The workshop which is one of a programme of events specifically for volunteers here provides an opportunity for our volunteers to network and share ideas with their fellow volunteers in a fun and informal setting. As well as getting the chance to meet likeminded people the events can also provide an opportunity for volunteers to develop their skills in a number of different areas.

This event had a focus on Winter Tree Identification and how using only buds and twigs you can identify a tree species during the Winter months. The morning which took place at our Cabin Wood in Cookstown was led by our extremely knowledgeable leader David Thompson.

Some of the tiny buds required a magnifying glass so we could get a better look (Photo: H. Crawford)

The morning concluded over lunch where we warmed up after a well spent morning in the woods.

Volunteer events run throughout the year in Northern Ireland and are a great way to get to know other volunteers and Woodland Trust Staff and there’s always the promise of a cuppa!! All of our volunteers no matter their role are welcome to come along to our free volunteer events.

Watch out for local updates which will provide more information on future events.

If you have an idea for a volunteer training event you would like to share please contact