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Tree Identification: Autumn (The Regents Park)

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Bettina Metcalfe
  • Date: Saturday 21 September 2019
  • Level: Beginners

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.

Course Details

The trees in The Regent’s Park are magnificent. In this second course of tree identification, we will be looking mostly at different trees in another area of the park, concentrating on the shape of the tree, bark, twigs, leaves and fruit. There is a great variety of trees in Regent’s Park and it is therefore well suited to learning how to identify different species. Participants will be introduced to tree terminology and will learn to identify trees accurately. We will focus on broad-leaved trees and shrubs. Both the 1st June and the 14th September course can be taken individually. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable identifying the genus of many of the trees and also of a number of the species.

Fee includes the fold-out chart: Tree Name Trail.

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:

Bettina Metcalfe is a self-taught dendrologist and tree enthusiast with a keen interest in the trees in historic parks and gardens. She has used her knowledge to help document trees in major collections. Bettina is an experienced teacher and has been leading public tree walks in London for six years. She is an active member of the International Dendrology Society (IDS).


  • 09.30 – Registration and refreshments at the Centre
  • 09.45 – Introductory talk
  • 10.15 – Outdoor session
  • 12.00 – Lunch
  • 13.00 – Outdoor session
  • 15.45 – Refreshments
  • 16.00 – Questions and summary
  • 16.30 – Course ends

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 outdoor clothing, waterproofs or sunscreen as appropriate
  • Notebook and pencil


  • Hand lens x10
  • Tree identification book

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. 
  • 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 Park Offices in the Inner Circle

FSC in The Regent's Park

FSC has been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In The Regent's Park, we use facilities within the Park Offices to deliver courses, including classroom space, toilet facilities and refreshments. Most of our courses use sites across the Park allowing you to experience the diversity of habitats in this stunning Park. The Regent's Park, designed by John Nash, covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary's Gardens which features more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties, as well as the gloriously restored William Andrews Nesfield's Avenue Gardens. With excellent sports facilities spanning nearly 100 acres it includes the largest outdoor sports area in central London. The park also houses the Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the country's largest free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird.

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