Tree talk: Battersea Park

Course Dates: 28/03/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online

A look at some magnificent trees and how to identify them by walking in Battersea Park.

We are planning to meet in the Park but if regulations change, the course will be online.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Background briefing on the history of Battersea Park and Practical 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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Key features to help identify common trees
- The common and botanical names of trees
- Special trees of Battersea Park
- A brief history of Battersea Park.

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

- List key external features helpful to identifying trees
- Observe a range of trees in the field, outline shape, bark, twigs, flowers and leaves
- List at least 10 special trees in Battersea Park.

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

The course is open to everyone interested in finding out more about tree identification. Government health regulations permitting, the course will run in the park. In this case and as the tree walk will end at a different place from where it started, it is important you check with the tutor before you leave, that you are confident how to find your way back to the bus/tube independently at the end of the afternoon. If government health regulations do not allow a park visit, the course will be taught online.

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

Government health regulations permitting, the course will run in the park. In this format, the course will involve practical sessions, group and paired work, observation activities and a tree walk in Battersea Park.

If government health regulations do not allow a park visit, the course will be taught online with lecture components, observation actitivities and the discussion of recommended tree guides.

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

No other costs. If the course runs in the paerk, it is advised to bring strong outdoor walking shoes and waterproof jacket as walks take place whatever the weather.

A notebook and pencil will be useful. If you already have any tree books or a hand lense, bring them with you plus a map of London.

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

HS216 Tree talk and walk: Regent's Park.

Tutor Biographies
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 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.

Book your place

Course Code: HS133

Sun, day, 28 Mar - 28 Mar '21

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £23.00
Concession: £15.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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