Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Training the Botanical Trainers

Deb Muscat demonstrates her giant grass flower
at a previous Training the Trainers
Image courtesy S. Whild
Bookings are now being taken for next month's Training the Trainers, a biennial event held at the Gateway in Shrewsbury which has become a fixture in the calendars of everybody involved in passing on botanical skills. 

The event is free but you do need to book, so head over to our Training page here and take a look at the flyer. I see that Chris Metherell, Tim Rich and Ros Bennett are all scheduled to lead sessions this time - each one would be worth the entrance fee alone. If there was an entrance fee. 


Sarah with the remains of another excellent
lunch at the Gateway!
Image: L. Farrell
Training the Trainers is organised by Dr Sarah Whild, Chair of BSBI's Training & Education Committee. I asked Sarah to give us one good reason to attend this event, apart from the fact that it's great fun, you learn a lot, you meet other botanical trainers and lunch is always excellent. And not only is it all free, but you may even be eligible for a travel grant. 

Sarah scratched her head and said “It’s a fantastic opportunity to share skills and tips with other botanical trainers – whether you lead wild flower walks or you are a lecturer in HE, there will be something useful for you to take away (including the Training the Botanical Trainers Handbook!).”

Ok, a better question might be: if you are involved at all in teaching, training or lecturing in botany, or you are actively passing on field ID skills at local group level, why on earth haven't you registered yet for this excellent training day? Did I mention that it's free? And how good the lunch is? See you in Shrewsbury on the 22nd October!