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Introduction to Orchards (Greenwich Park)

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Leslie Williams
  • Date: Saturday 14 September 2019
  • Level: Beginners

Course Details

Traditional orchards are a cultural feature in the local landscape and a fascinating wildlife habitat. There are thousands of apple varieties, many considered local to particular areas. How can you design and create a community orchard or one in a garden? Why are rootstocks important, and how can one encourage the trees during the first few years? Based in Greenwich Park.

Fee includes a copy of the FSC fold out chart: Guide to Foraging. 

Our Natural History and Exploring Nature and the Arts courses are aimed at those aged 18 and above. If you are interested in one of our courses but are under 18 at the time of the course beginning please contact the Centre hosting the course prior to booking to discuss the content and its suitability.

About the tutor:

Leslie has restored, planted or managed traditional orchards in London; and on a project in Devon. He is particularly interested in fruit varieties, the wildlife of orchards and their community use. He is the Butterfly recorder for the London Natural History Society and is currently working on a project to map the distribution of butterfly species in London.


  • 09:30 Registration
  • 10:00 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
  • 10:15 Morning session
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Afternoon Session
  • 15:50 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 16:00 Course finishes

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

What to bring

  • Lunch and plenty to drink
  • Suitable clothing & footwear, waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small bag to carry personal items

Health and Safety & Accessibility

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. 
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
  • Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground

Meeting point / Location

The Wildlife Centre, Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park.

FSC in Greenwich Park

FSC has been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Greenwich Park, our education Centre has one classroom, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is a small area of the Park for education use, not usually open to members of the public, with a small woodland areas, nature trail and two ponds. Most of our courses use sites across the Park allowing you to experience the diversity of habitats in this stunning Park. Greenwich Park hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as being part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home to The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College. The most historic of all Royal Parks, Greenwich Park dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1433. From the statue of General Wolfe the park offers imperious views across the River Thames all the way to St. Pauls Cathedral.

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