Tree Identification: How To Identify Ash in Winter

Learn how to confidently identify the Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) in the depths of winter.
Seriously boost your tree identification skills with this video course. Presented by James Kendall, Lead Bushcraft Instructor & Social Forester at Woodland Classroom Ltd.

In winter, there are of course no leaves on the trees. So, I show you how to identify species by using the twigs, buds, bark, what's under the tree, shape & form and other key features. You'll never look at a tree the same way again!

This video is a preview of our much more comprehensive Tree ID video course series which will cover around 50 species of native and common tree species in the United Kingdom. This online course is COMING SOON. If you would like to know more about this video course series and the release of future videos, leave a comment here or get in touch with us direct at hey@woodlandclassroom.com

A Personal Message To All Our Supporters

Following the coronavirus pandemic we have sadly but understandably had a lot of our upcoming work cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. Like many small businesses we are facing tough times. But there is a way YOU can help and it won't cost you a penny.
Simply visit our YouTube channel and subscribe, then watch a few videos.
If we get enough view we can monetise our channel and earn some revenue from advertisers – this would be a big help going forward.
Thanks so much for your support.
James and Lea

Top 5 Books: Outdoor Activities for Kids

I list my Top 5 books which parents can use to get their kids learning outdoors, doing some great activities. These books are perfect for any family who is homeschooling, parents who want their kids to get outdoors more, and families whose kids love being outside and want to take things to the next level.
Parents ask us a lot where they can get ideas for themselves to inspire their kids to get outdoors more. I work as a Forest School Leader and Outdoor Educator so these books come tried and tested.

If you like these books, or you love an outdoor activity book which is not listed here then tell us about the book in the comments section below.

Thanks for watching!

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HERE'S THE LINKS TO THE BOOKS IN THIS VIDEO…

1. The Stick Book by Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield:
2. 101 Things To Do Outside with Kids by Dan Isaac:
3. FSC Identification Charts:
4. Cook Wild by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi:
5. Forest School Adventure by Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall:

Tree Tools For Schools:

Teach Kids About Pollination

If you're looking to introduce kids to the subject of pollination, making a Magic Hazel Wand is a fun way to introduce children to the concept of how trees are pollinated. Let us show you how to make this simple craft project, which makes a great activity for a Forest School group of younger children.
The catkins from the male part of the hazel tree produce the pollen which is needed by the tiny (but very beautiful) female flowers so that they can develop into hazelnuts later in the year.
This activity makes a great session for Key Stage 1 school children and we often work with school groups delivering outdoor education on a range of topics. If you'd like to get in touch with us to find out how we can rewild your school curriculum then please get in touch.
Email: hey@woodlandclassroom.com Tel: 07876 794 098
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Wild Detectives: Minibeast Safari

Join us again out in the woods during a day of nature education for children as they become Wild Detectives for a day at our Forest School. In our third and final video we follow the children on a minibeast safari as they look for insects and other creatures to investigate and learn all about them.
This activity makes a great session for Key Stage 1 & 2 school children and we often work with school groups delivering outdoor education on a range of topics. If you'd like to get in touch with us to find out how we can rewild your school curriculum then please get in touch.
Email: hey@woodlandclassroom.com Tel: 07876 794 098
For more information on our school visits, please visit:

Thanks to our Wild Detectives for being YouTube stars for the day. Thanks also to their families for letting us film them.

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