Trees in the Park
- Centre: The Royal Parks
- Tutor: Matt Parratt
- Date : Saturday 11 May
- Level: Beginners
- NON-RESIDENT: £35
This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.
Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles. This course will be field based using the extensive collection of specimen trees in Bushy Park. Over the course of the day we will look at features such as leaves, bark, flowers and fruits which can be used to identify the more common species.
The course introduces the skills needed to identify trees native to the British Isles, as well as common non-native species. Over the course of the day we will look at both the broadleaf trees and the conifers.
Trees are an imposing and ecologically important component of the flora of the British Isles. Since the end of the last ice age around 10,000 years ago they began to re-colonise our landscape until the rising Channel cut through the land-bridge to mainland Europe around 2,000 or so years later. Since those times many other species have been introduced for use in forestry and horticulture.
We will be making the most of the Park visiting both the public areas and sites not normally accessible to members of the public. We will look at characteristics such as bark, foliage, flowers and cones, and start to get to grips with the botanical terminology used in identification keys.
Matt has worked as a research scientist for the Forestry Commission for 17 years. During that time he has worked on the conservation of endangered conifers and other trees in association with the UK National Pinetum at Bedgebury in Kent. He is an Associate Tutor for the FSC, as well as running other identification courses throughout the year.
This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.
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