Trees in winter
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Off Site
Course Code: HS019
Duration: 2 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Do you want to get to know some of the fabulous trees in Regent’s Park? These two guided Tree Walks in Regent’s Park are ideal for the tree enthusiast with an introduction to this absorbing activity.
Get to know the clues to look for when identifying deciduous and evergreen trees and their names, plus helpful books and guide sheets. We will contact you with a map and directions before your course starts.
We will contact you with joining instructions and a map/directions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We start by observing the important features to look for: bark, twigs, leaves (including autumn colour), shape/ outline, seeds and fruit. Noticing the seasonal changes between the two sessions will be included.
You will also be familiarised with common and botanical names of key Regent’s Park trees and be given guidance on helpful publications (Tree apps will not be included).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise at least 10 species of Regent’s 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 level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
These are introductory tree walks and they do 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 is all that is required.
You will need to be able to stand for periods of 15 to 20 minutes and be comfortable being out in the weather. 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?
The two Tree Walk will take place in Regent’s Park.
You will be given details of the meeting place before the course starts The class may end at a different part of the Park, but the tutor will give directions to find the tube/buses at the end of the walk.
You may like to do some follow up reading after the first session. Toilets are available in the Park (20p).
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?
You will need good strong non slip walking shoes, warm clothing, raincoat and umbrella as the classes take place whatever the weather.
There are no additional costs for the course. However, you may wish to have a notebook and pen at hand. If you already have a tree identification book or/ and a hand lens, please bring it with you. A Key to Common Trees is available from www.field-studies-council.org/publications.
There will be a break for tea/coffee in the café or bring a flask.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in HS264: Trees in Summer starting in May.
And check the City Lit website for other Nature courses taking place.
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.