Changing tree colour

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Blenheim Palace in autumn.

Many of us have seen the first frosts which means that leaves won’t be on the trees much longer.

As the greens of summer turn to the browns, tans and copper colours of Autumn, some people head off to the American New England states to see the leaf colour changes. Some head further afield to Japan but you don’t have to go that far to see autumn colours.

Last week as I was driving from Perth to Stirling I passed mile after mile of changing colour. There aren’t many places to stop that coincided with the best spots to admire the colour but you can find some surprising spots where you least expect it. For example, there is a bank at the side of the Sainsbury’s carpark in Stirling and the colours were just changing so strong summer greens were already intermingled with browns and russet.

Sheffield Park in Autumn © Jules Hill

In Carmarthenshire at the National Botanic Gardens, in Staffordshire at the National Memorial Arboretum, and a host of other places Autumn colours are everywhere. Some places like Sheffield Gardens in Sussex near the Bluebell Railway have only a few signs of anything other than green on their leaves. But it won’t be far away and a trip to the Gardens combined with a ride on the Bluebell to see the changing colours that accompany the track is surely one of the best ways of viewing the colour change.

The point is that if you only get out and look for it, the change from green  to tan is every bit as pronounced and as attractive as you can see in many other countries. It is just that sometimes so few of us realise that.

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