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Introduction to Trees in Winter (Bushy Park)

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Rachel Cassidy
  • Date: Saturday 09 February 2019
  • Level: Beginners

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Course Details

During the winter months broadleaved trees and shrubs lose the leaves and flowers which help identification during spring and summer. Using the extensive collection of specimen trees and shrubs in Bushy Park we will look at features of buds and twigs to identify the more common species. A practical, hands-on course which is suitable for complete beginners: dress warmly, and bring along a hand lens if you have one.

Fee includes 'FSC's Guide to ID of Deciduous Broad-leaved Trees & Shrubs in Winter'

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:

Rachel Cassidy is a professional gardener, plantsmith, field botanist, consultant forensic horticulturalist, gardening journalist, and author, having published over two dozen botany and gardening books, including introductions to identifying conifers and broadleaved trees. In addition, she writes regularly about gardening on her website. With a style that has been variously described as “chatty and informal” and “appropriately bossy”, Rachel makes it her mission to demystify botany for beginners and improvers, aiming to simplify, without dumbing down. Trees have been her passion for many years, and she loves to pass on her knowledge and enthusiasm for these gentle giants of the landscape!


  • 0930 Registration
  • 1000 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
  • 1015 Morning session
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1330 Afternoon Session
  • 1550 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 1600 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:

  • Packed Lunch (hot drinks will be provided)
  • Suitable warm clothing and stout footwear
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small bag to carry personal items

If you have one:

  • Hand lens
  • Tree ID guide

Health and Safety and 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.
  • Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.
  • 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 Stockyard, Bushy Park.

FSC in Bushy Park

FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park. Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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