Introduction to tree identification
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Off Site
the clues to look for when identifying trees, plus which books and guide sheets are helpful.
Course Code: HS282
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This practical course is ideal for those new to trees and provides a good introduction to the enthusiast. Get to know the clues to look for when identifying trees, plus which books and guide sheets are helpful.
What will we cover?
We start by observing the important features to look for, including bark, twigs, leaves, outline, seeds and fruit. You will also learn about common and botanical names of trees.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise at least 10 common 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?
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 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?
This course takes place in the City Lit in the morning with a local tree walk in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in the afternoon. There will be small group work and practical observation sessions.
You will need to be able to stand for 15-20 mins and be comfortable being outside as the afternoon walk takes place whatever the weather.
Your tutor, Letta Jones (MA), is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor and Birkbeck Colleges for 15 years and is now a tutor at City Lit and the Chelsea Physic Garden. Her out of London courses are run at the Glenthorne Centre, Claridge House and Holehird, for the Lakeland Horticultural Society.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring waterproof and warm clothes with non slip, strong walking shoes. If you already have a tree book or x10 hand lense please bring it along. A notebook and pencil will also be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Letta's two follow-on courses:
HS019: Trees in Winter in Oct & HS264: Trees in Summer starting in May
Check the City Lit website for other Nature courses on offer.
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.