What is the course about?
We will look at how to get to know trees better, using Battersea Park as a case study. Exploring the key features for tree spotting in March, we’ll also get to grips with common and botanical names.
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?
- Key features to help identify common trees
- The common and botanical names of trees
- How to get to know your local trees
- Useful resources to tree identification
- A brief history of Battersea Park
- Special trees 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
- Link the common and botanical names of named tree examples
- Observe a range of trees in the field, outline shape, bark, twigs, flowers and leaves
- Explore your local garden, street or park trees with confidence
- Appreciate some special trees to look for in Battersea Park when it is possible to visit.
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.and who wishes to know more when looking at trees.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
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?
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: Regent's Park
HS263: Top garden plants
HS264: Summer trees.