What is the course about?
The aim of this course is to heighten our awareness of the trees in our immediate surroundings. The emphasis is on tree morphology and the detailed observation of trees. The course will teach students to sharpen their observational skills so that they develop faculties which they can then apply on their own walks.
The course will be taught by Bettina Metcalfe, a dendrologist with extensive experience in teaching not only the appreciation of the tree world to a broad audience, but also the precise skills necessary for correct tree identification.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The course will give a broad overview of the grouping of trees in general, binomial nomenclature and will introduce the basic vocabulary used to describe trees. We will mainly look at broad-leaved deciduous trees. There will be an emphasis on native and naturalized trees but we will also cover some introduced species. Furthermore, the complexity of leaf shapes will be dealt with.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Have an increased interest in observing trees. You will have learned the language to describe trees in detail and will have developed a sharpened awareness of the trees in our streets and parks. You will feel comfortable being able to tell whether a tree is evergreen, deciduous, a broad-leaved tree or a conifer and what its salient features are.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level is for beginners and assumes no prior knowledge of tree species. However, an interest in the natural world is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each online session is highly structured and uses PowerPoint presentations. The photos clearly illustrate the teaching points. There will be room for discussions, comments and questions. No specific homework is required, other than reviewing the course content and becoming aware of the trees around you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may want to bring pen and paper and any books on the subject you may already own.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS221 Introducing plants
HS021 Introduction to bottany
HS133 Tree talk and walk: Battersea Park
HS216 Tree talk and walk: Regents Park.