Plas Tan y Bwlch

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Plas Tan y Bwlch

A Closer Look at Trees

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Course Number: K0704

Date: 26 July to 28 July 2019

Price: £244-£264

Course Leader/s:

Tony Russell


Based at Plas Tan y Bwlch in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this three-day, two-night course, provides an informative, entertaining and enjoyable introduction into the world of trees, woodland and forests.

The course is led throughout by former Head Forester of the UK’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Tony Russell.

Aimed at non-professionals, it will cover native trees, evergreens, deciduous trees, ornamental garden trees and conifers.

will use as its resource, the grounds and gardens of Plas Tan y Bwlch, Portmeirion and Bodnant.

  • By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify many of Britain’s native trees and a good number of exotic and ornamental species.
  • Have an understanding of the importance of trees.
  • Have an understanding of some of the many uses of trees and their historical relationship with humans.
  • Know the best trees to grow in a variety of garden situations.  


16:30 Arrive and collect room key
18:00 Bar
18:30 Dinner
19:30 A word of welcome and introduction to the course.

08:15 Breakfast.
09:30 Studying trees in the gardens and grounds of PTYB.
12:30 Lunch.
13:45 Looking at ornamental trees and conifers in the gardens and grounds of Portmeirion.
18:30 Dinner.
Free Evening.

08:15 Breakfast – collect Packed Lunch.
09:30 Visit to the site of the tallest trees in Europe, near Betws y Coed, then onto Bodnant to study one of the best tree collections owned and managed by the National Trust. Packed lunch. Return to PTYB by 5pm for departure home.