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Tree identification - Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland - RFS one day training course



Date: Thursday 28 May 2020

Instructor: Malcolm Beatty OBE, FICFor

Location: Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle,  Bryansford Road, Newcastle, Northern Ireland BT33 0PR

Course objectives: The objectives for this workshop are to enable delegates to:

  • Learn to identify and understand the differences between some of the more common broadleaves and conifers found in Northern Ireland woodland. Assess whole tree.
  • Collect samples of leaves, twigs, bugs, seeds etc. to help ID
  • Develop the confidence to use tree books, keys etc. to identify new species

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm


  • Welcome and introductions; brief review of day’s events and domestics.
  • Guided walk to take in wide range of suitable trees, including tree trail specimens. Collect samples
  • Lunch
  • Look up samples and ID using charts, books etc in pairs /groups
  • Powerpoint talk to illustrate tree ID points

Price: RFS members £15.00 / non RFS members £20.00. Free parking.   

Offer:  Any non RFS members attending this course will receive a £15.00 discount from their first year's membership if tbey join up after booking their course ticket!  For more information about the benefits of RFS membership, please click HERE.  To join at the discounted rate just call RFS HQ on (01295) 678588 or email 

Notes:  Refreshments and lunch are NOT included so please bring a drinks and packed lunch.  Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear clean of forest debris and mud, and bring waterproofs.

About the location: 

Tollymore Forest Park is the location of the training event, with kind permission of the Northern Ireland Forest Service. Tollymore was bought in stages by the Ministry from the 1930’s onwards, contains a wide range of mature trees, and became the first state forest park in Northern Ireland in 1955. It also has one of the oldest arboreta in Ireland (1752) and a unique collection of mature forest trees in half-acre plots. We will be using material from these in the course of the day. It is located at Bryansford, near the town of Newcastle in the Mourne and Slieve Croob Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

About the tutor: Malcolm is recently retired head of the Northern Ireland Forest Service, a position he held for 15 years. Malcolm is not only an authority on all forestry matters in Northern Ireland, he has also been a tireless advocate for forestry and a highly respected and well-regarded members of the UK forestry community. Malcolm was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in the 2019 New Year’s honours.

Malcolm Beatty Tree Id Course