An introduction to the identification and ethnobotany of conifers with Kew-trained ethnobotanist Jennie Martin.

Conifers are a ever fascinating group of plants that evolved way before we had the flowering plants that we know and love today.

During this fun and interactive workshop you will have the chance to learn some of the key physical characteristics that will help you identify different conifers to family groups, be signposted to several resources that can help you with your continued learning, as well as learn about some of the ethnobotanical uses of this fascinating group of plants.

Half the workshop will be inside and half outside looking at specimens in the wonderful woodlands alongside and near Findhorn River.

What to Bring:

– Warm clothes for when we head outside

– Walking boots

– Waterproofs

– Notebook

– Lunch and snacks (though there is a fabulous cafe at Logie steading that you can get good food from too)


Jennie Martin has worked in nature conservation and education for over 25 years delivering a variety of courses to all ages from primary school children to 95 year olds. Over the past 10 years she has primarily worked with adults training them in naturalist and bushcraft skills, with a partular focus on botany and ethnobotany.

Jennie is particularly known for her passion for plants and for making what can seem like a complex and intimidating subject accessible and fun for all.

“Jennie is so knowledgeable and passionate about all things botanical. I highly recommend attending one of her walks, talks or courses if you have the opportunity. I particularly loved finding out some of the historical background and ancient uses of various plants and fungi”

“Jennie is an intelligent, inspiring and skilled practitioner. You can’t fail to be enthused by her knowledge and passion for plants and wilderness. I can honestly say that working with Jennie transformed my own practice…”

“Passionate with in-depth knowledge.”

The Long Room at Logie Steading

IV36 2QN

01309 611378