Tutor: Bob Watson, author and former Head of Forestry at Newton Rigg.
Investigate the structure and mechanisms of trees and how they interact within the woodland environment. This course is delivered in a format that is accessible to a wide audience, with plenty of visual and practical examples to support the theory.
Tree Seeds: structure and germination
Stems, Leaves and Roots
Woody Tissue and Bark
Old Age: tree maturity, crown recession and death
Responding to the Environment: Drought and Wind
How Trees Communicate: their close associations and strategies for survival and longevity
Effects of Management: pruning and coppicing
Ecosystem Services: Quantity of Co2 absorbed, nitrogen and water cycles.
This course is useful to anyone who is interested in the way trees are named, reproduce, develop, communicate and live together.