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Plant Identification Training on Wednesday 10th. May was well attended and proved very successful. 

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Lee Valley Regional Park are recruiting for Youth and Schools Guides to assist on outdoor learning sessions on a casual basis. Closing date for applications 12th May 2017.
Wednesday 10th May 2017
10-11 ELotc  AGM
11-16.30 Plant identification training
Venue: Lee Valley Park Youth and Schools, Abbey Farmhouse, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1XQ. Call 07824 436 244 on the day with any queries.
Spaces Limited places so book early.
Please dress for an outdoor course and bring hand lenses and ID books if you have them.
All participants organisations should have employers liability that covers the staff attending this course to work offsite. 
Rachel Cassidy will be presenting this one-day workshop, covering:
– Plant ID

– The Naming Of Parts

– The Dichotomous Key

– Latin Is Not Your Enemy

– Using Online Resources to
Cheat Prepare
The day will include as much practical, hands-on work as we can fit in, and will also include the importance of the recce, useful books, and staying one jump ahead of your students.

Rachel is a Professional Gardener, Plantsmith, Field Botanist, Consultant Forensic Horticulturalist, gardening Journalist, and Author, having published over two dozen Botany and Gardening books, including introductions to identifying Conifers and Broadleaved Trees, details of which can be found on her Author Page at Amazon,

With a style that has been variously described as “chatty and informal” and “appropriately bossy”,  Rachel makes it her mission to demystify botany for beginners and improvers, aiming to simplify without dumbing down.

Free Coach transport for schools in financial need. – Does your school struggle with transport costs? Are you in a deprived area? The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority‘s Community Access Fund is able to provide coach travel for schools in need. For more details see


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