Tree Identification

Bettina Metcalfe
Thursdays 1.30 - 3.00pm

Who is the course for?
This is a course in tree identification for beginners and for those with some knowledge. It is for people who want to improve their ability to observe, describe and identify trees. There will be some uneven terrain, but most walking is on paths and grass.

What will you learn?
We will be looking at broad-leaved trees and conifers, at deciduous and evergreen trees. We will be concentrating on leaves, fruit and buds and bark. Some aspects of tree taxonomy will be explained, including the concepts of genus, species, cultivar and hybrid.  We will be able to explore the changes as the year progresses, and in the Spring, we will be concentrating on buds, bark and flowers.

How is the course taught?
Each session will take place in one of the parks. We will meet on site. The exact location will be announced prior to the start of the course. In the Spring term we explore trees in local parks, including Golders Hill, Kenwood and Waterlow Park.    Teaching will be interactive with high student participation. Students will be encouraged to share their observations, make comments, ask questions and engage in discussions.

Students will be asked to consolidate what they have learned between the weekly sessions.

The parks we will visit have outstanding collections of trees and you will learn to identify a great number of species accurately. In order to do this, the students will develop skills, such as practical precise observation, comparison and the use of a methodology.

What to bring
Please bring a hand lens of magnification x10 and a notebook and pencil.

If you have a tree identification book, please bring it to the sessions. If you are thinking of acquiring one, Collins Tree Guide by Owen Johnson is recommended.

Autumn 21: 16 September - 09 December 2021
Spring 22: 13 January - 07 April (12 weeks) Half term 17 February
Non-Members: £134 (12 weeks)
Members: £111 (12 weeks)
Concessions: £10 (contact the office for details)