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Tree Health Learning Pathway for Citizens

Diagram showing the Tree Health Learning Pathway


  • The aim of this “tree health learning pathway” is to provide information and guidance to encourage anyone to engage with and get involved with nature, and with trees and tree pests and diseases, in particular
Diagram showing the Tree Health Learning Pathway

Who is it for?

  • This learning pathway is aimed at everyone and caters for all ages and abilities

How does it work?

  • Tree health in the learning pathway focuses mainly on harm to trees caused by pests and diseases. Many other factors, such as drought and physical damage can also harm trees.
  • The pathway consists of ‘Steps’:
    • Specialisation” increases from left to right along the pathway; from ‘nature’ to ‘trees’ to ‘tree pests and diseases’
    • Level of expertise” increases from the bottom to the top of the pathway; from ‘beginner’, to ‘improver’ to ‘experienced’
  • All steps on the pathway have equal importance
  • If your enthusiasm is captured and you want to learn more, you can move to the next step but if you find a Step that suits you, it’s fine to stay there.  You can make a positive contribution at any step
  • For each Step on the pathway, links to relevant activities and guidance are presented in the accompanying table

Getting started

  • Start at Step 1. If you already have existing knowledge of nature and trees, then jump in at any Step suitable to your knowledge, including to Step 3 (a) if you have existing knowledge of tree pest and diseases
  • At any step, connect to the links/resources and simply have a go at anything that interests you

Moving along the pathway

  • If you find that you are interested in trees and want to learn more, move to Step 2 (a) and then, if you are interested in tree pests and diseases, on to Step 3 (a)
  • Alternatively, if you find that you are interested in aspects of nature other than trees (e.g. birds, bees, butterflies, mammals, fungi etc.) then an alternative pathway has been provided for you at Step 2 (b) and Step 3 (b)
  • If you get to Steps 3 (a) or 3 (b) and want to keep learning, then carry on further
  • Also, if you reach Step 3 (a) ‘trees’ or Step 3 (b) ‘other species’, you are encouraged to apply your skills of identification, recording and reporting to look out for all species

Video Explaining the Learning Pathway

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