Tree walks in Golders Hill Park
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Off Site
- Course Code: HS282
- Dates: 20/04/24 - 27/04/24
- Time: 10:30 - 13:00
- Taught: Sat, Daytime
- Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
- Location: Off Site
- Tutor: Letta Jones
Course Code: HS282
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
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What is the course about?
We will discover the origins of the Park and explore the rich diversity of native and introduced trees. Practical observation and group work, with an emphasis on detail as well as outline and seasonal interest. We start by observing the important features to look for: bark, twigs, leaves, shape/ outline, seeds and fruit and noticing the seasonal change. You will also be familiarised with common and botanical names of key trees and be given guidance on helpful publications (Tree apps will not be included).
What will we cover?
- Recognise at least 15 species of Golders Hill 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 will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify c.15 Trees, with their common and botanical names, country of origin and contribution to the landscape of the Park, list the features useful to get to know trees better and appreciate the individual qualities of plants from around the globe.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading, although you will need a reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. An interest in trees and an enthusiasm for learning more are the only prerequisites. As with most courses, an open mind and willingness to listen and observe are more important than specific levels of skill.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
All the classes take place in the Park, which is 15 mins walk from Golders Green tube station (Northern Line Edgware branch). The sessions are practical and may involve working in pairs for particular activities. A loo and coffee break will be arranged. A map and directions will be provided nearer the time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring waterproof and warm clothes with nonslip, strong walking shoes. If you already have a tree book or x 10 hand lens please bring it along. A notebook and pencil will also be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS215 Exploring Regent's Park.
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.
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