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2:00pm, Saturday May 20th, 2023

Vine Road Recreation Ground, SW13 0NE

Natural regeneration of native oak trees

Natural regeneration of native oak trees

2:00pm, Saturday May 20th, 2023

Vine Road Recreation Ground, SW13 0NE

Did you know, on Barnes Common nearly half our 4,000 trees of size are naturally seeded oaks?

Join world-renowned botanist, Aljos Farjon on a walk around Barnes Common as he talks about the natural regeneration of native oak trees, which is happening on Barnes and other London commons, and has been going on for more than 100 years.

Amid all the talk about planting trees, Aljos will be able to show you that trees are perfectly capable of establishing themselves and that such trees are better adapted to the site they grow on.

This walk will last approximately 2 hours, starting and ending at Vine Road Recreation Ground.

Aljos Farjon is a botanist associated with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His world-renowned research was on conifers (630 species world-wide) at Kew and earlier at the universities of Oxford and Utrecht.

In recent years he has shifted his tree focus to the two native oaks in Britain, Quercus robur (pedunculate oak) and Q. petraea (sessile oak), especially the ancient oaks in England, about which he published the book Ancient Oaks in the English Landscape (Kew Publishing, 2 editions).

Following on from this he became interested in the natural regeneration of oaks. Barnes and other London commons turn out to be ideal locations for this study subject, so far resulting in two articles in the magazine British Wildlife.

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All proceeds from ticket sales support future learning and conservation activities and we would encourage you, if you can, to pay full price. We do not want cost to be a barrier to our activities, so if for any reason you are unable to pay for the full price tickets, we have a limited number of discounted concession tickets.

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Refund policy:

Unfortunately, we are unable to issue refunds on cancellations made within 2 weeks of the event. In some circumstances we may be able to offer a rebooking for a similar event.

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