Exploring Regent’s Park’s Trees

Course Dates: 15/06/24 - 29/06/24
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Off Site
Do you want to get to know some of the fabulous trees in Regent’s Park? These 3 guided Tree Walks in Regent’s Park are ideal for the tree enthusiast with an introduction to this absorbing activity.
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  • Course Code: HS215
  • Dates: 15/06/24 - 29/06/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 13:00
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Off Site
  • Tutor: Letta Jones

Course Code: HS215

Started Sat, day, 15 Jun - 29 Jun '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Following a short introduction to the history of Regent’s Park, we will explore a range of trees, finishing with a visit to the café which has toilets. Get to know the clues to look for when identifying deciduous and evergreen trees and their names, plus helpful books and guide sheets.

You will need good strong non-slip walking shoes, warm clothing, raincoat and umbrella as the classes take place
whatever the weather. We will contact you with joining instructions and a map/directions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We start by observing the important features to look for: bark, twigs, leaves (including autumn colour), shape/
outline, seeds and fruit and noticing the seasonal change.

You will also be familiarised with common and botanical names of key Regent’s Park trees and be given guidance
on helpful publications (Tree apps will not be included).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Recognise at least 15 species of Regent’s Park trees
- Be familiar with the key clues to tree identification
- List the relative benefits of using common and botanical names for trees
- Pursue your own interest in trees with confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

As with most courses, an open mind and willingness to listen and observe are more important than specific levels of skill. An interest in trees and enthusiasm for learning more is all that is required. These are introductory tree walks and they do not assume any previous study or reading, although you will need a reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. You will need to be able to stand for periods of 15 to 20 minutes and be comfortable being outside.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The Tree Walks will take place in Regent’s Park.
You will be given details of the meeting place on enrolment. The class may end at a different part of the Park, but
the tutor will give directions to find the tube/buses at the end of the walk.
You may like to do some follow up reading after the first session. A reading list will be supplied. Toilets are available enroute and at the end of the walk in the Park (20p).
Tree Apps are not covered
No dogs are permitted in the Park except assistance dogs.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs for the course. However, you may wish to have a notebook and pen at hand. If you
already have a tree identification book or/ and a hand lens, please bring it with you. A Key to Common Trees is
available from www.field-studies-council.org/publications.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

For other Nature courses, check the City Lit website: Science & Nature.

Letta Jones

Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor College and and Birkbeck, University of London for 15 years. She now teaches classes at the City Lit, Marlborough College Summer School, Woodbrooke,Denman, Glenthorne and Knuston Hall. She is part of the Garden History Grapevine/Gardens Trust group which offers introductory and advanced courses in garden history www.gardenhistorygrapevine.wordpress.com. A guide at the Chelsea Physic Garden for 18 years, Letta now teaches on their education programme. She is a Green Flag Park judge and she also leads her own garden study tours abroad.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.