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Short Course Details

Fungi and the Management of Trees of all Ages - 2018:19

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OC02CP1A318P
Year:  2018:19
Duration:  1 Day
Attendance:  09.00 - 17.00
FT/PT:  Part-Time 
Level: X
Fund Type: C: No fee remission available on this course
Tuition Fees: £ 115
Exam Fees: £ 0
26/04/2019Places Available
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Content / Overview

This one day short course will be delivered by previous Merrist Wood College lecturer, Jack Kenyon, who has over 40 years of industry experience and now teaches internationally for the Arboricultural Association, Land Skills Training and other training providers in the UK and overseas.

The life span of a tree can be extremely long with some thought to be more than 130,000 years old, and it is estimated there are at least 5 million species of fungi, but only about 100,000 so far are described.

A tree is a colony of organisms - some may be hostile, but others are friendly and essential for health, energy reserves and survival. The purpose of visual tree assessment is to recognise features which may indicate compromised structural integrity.

Course Modules

On this course you will look at:

  • How some fungi can colonise the wood and compromise the structural integrity of the tree, whilst others can form symbiotic fungal associations with the tree which are essential for the survival of both organisms.
  • How trees use biological defence mechanisms to resist colonisation by micro-organisms, and use processes to limit decay.
  • How the seasonal phenological cycle can cause implications for tree management in terms of what is done, when work is carried out and how much work is appropriate.
  • How trees have extraordinary capabilities of performing complex information processing. Traditionally trees and plants have been thought to be passive, however there is clear evidence of trees being able to identify animals and insects, and distinguish friendly associates from hostile herbivores.
  • How trees use biogenic volatile organic compound chemicals (VOCs) to attract predators of hostile insects, and communicate with each other.
  • The assessment of decay and reaction wood growth responses, in terms of hazard and risk management, and remedial and preventative maintenance.
  • The evaluation of methods used for internal investigation of trees, sound equipment, micro drills and other approaches such as winch pull tests.
  • Risk management in respect of quantifying risk by probability or foreseeability.
  • The morphology of veteran and ancient trees, considering the process of reiteration in older trees such as new adaptive or traumatic growths which become copies of the parent tree.


Suitable For 

This course is suitable for landscapers, local authority professionals involved with tree management, woodland officers, arboricultural and ecological consultants, landowners and individuals who have an interest in the care and management of trees. 

Application Method 

Apply direct – no interview necessary

Entry Requirements 

A passion for trees.

Delivery Method 

This workshop based course consists of lectures and discussions in a classroom environment, as well as campus walks, so be prepared to go outside in all weathers and bring suitable outdoor footwear.


Not applicable.

Further Study 

Please see our website for information on the range of courses offered. The following may be of interest: Tree Surgery for Craftsmen, L2 Certificate in Arboriculture (ABC Awards), L4 Certificate & Diploma in Arboriculture (ABC Awards), or L6 Certificate and Diploma in Arboriculture (ABC Awards).

Additional Information 

Includes a buffet lunch. 

Please include any dietary requirements in the personal statement of your application. 

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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