Plan a visit to enjoy nature’s autumn display

Autumn's spectacular display at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.
Autumn's spectacular display at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

Autumn is on its way and soon the trees will be displaying leaves of intense colours for a dramatic display.

The best colours will be a few weeks away yet, probably early October, but now is the time to plan a visit to some of our favourite gardens to enjoy autumn’s spectacle.

The most well-known is Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, home to some of the nation’s oldest and biggest trees.

Although there are something like 16,000 trees and shrubs, it is the autumn colours of the acer, beech and Japanese maple trees that provide the most stunning sights.

Sheffield Park, near Uckfield in East Sussex, is a landscaped garden laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown.

In autumn particularly, it is worth a visit for the reds, orange and ochre shrubs and rare trees reflected in the park’s lake.

Up in Northumberland, the lovely woodland and lakeside walks at Chillingham Castle in Alnwick are at their very best in their autumn glory.

As well as the vibrant colours of alder, birch and rhododendrons, look out for deer and red squirrels.

Finally, the 250 acres of woodland and mountainside garden at the former home of Ruskin in Brantwood, Coniston, in Cumbria, is superb.