Royal Parks launches programme of one-day courses focusing on urban botany and plant identification

Royal Parks has teamed up with the Field Studies Council to launch one-day courses aimed at the general public.

Courses will take place in some of London’s most iconic urban parks from this month where town participants will embark on plant identification, bug hunts, pond dipping and navigation in the thick of Greenwich Park, Bushy Park and Regent’s Park. 

The Royal Parks, Natural History Museum and the Field Studies Council are putting together the 26 courses.

Royal Parks’ head of education and community engagement Toni Assirati said the training would help people discover about the environment.

Field Studies Council London head Helen Robertson said: "We hope courses in accessible urban locations that are short in duration and low in cost will inspire people about the wildlife, landscapes and environments on their doorstep. 

"Hopefully these courses will encourage everyone that attends to continue learning about, and experiencing the natural world, which will then be passed on to their children."

Courses include identifying non-invasive plants, urban botany and trees in the park. Students can learn about wildflowers or forage for fungi.

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