Plants are such widespread organisms that many people take them for granted and tend either not to notice them or crush them underfoot en route to the summits. We have a varied flora here in Britain and many of our plants have, in the past, had interesting uses and many also have intriguing stories which can be told about them. As a mountain leader its a real asset to be able to name some of the plants and share more interesting information about them, some of there stories can prove an invaluable tool to either give a group an excuse for a breather or to help gather them together and enhance their own knowledge.
This workshop is aimed at both trainee MLs and as a CPD opportunity for qualified ones (worth 1 point). The objective is to help participants to identify some of the easily recognised & more common plants on our hillsides, and more importantly, to discover a little more about them – perhaps how they were used for food or medicine, or alternatively some lore or stories about them. It is not a formal botany workshop – Latin names will not be used and no prior knowledge is assumed. But for every plant which is mentioned a wee anecdote or interesting fact will be given.
Meeting Point - Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway - NN546065.
These workshops are provided by member Arthur Jones from Trossachs Treks who has a depth of knowledge about our upland plants and previously ran workshops for MTA with great feedback from members