Autumn Quilt of Colour

by Handy Mag

At The Yorkshire Arboretum

It’s officially autumn, the trees are turning and the team at The Yorkshire Arboretum is busy planning for the annual pilgrimage of visitors who flock to see the spectacular ‘many-coloured quilt’ that is autumn at the arboretum.

Nestled in a gentle valley at the heart of the Castle Howard estate, the 120 acre arboretum has more than 7,500 trees from around the world as well as sweeping vistas, lakes and peaceful glades. With such a diverse collection of trees, the arboretum is one of the best places to view this spectacle of nature.

As the days grow shorter and the weather cools, the trees in the arboretum are fast turning shades of vibrant red, yellow and gold. The ‘October Glory’ red maple contrasts with the golden hornbeams. The silver maple’s blend of yellows, brown and reds is vivid against the green of unchanged leaves. In the Woodland Garden fuchsias and hydrangea continue to give a floral display, and elsewhere there are heavy crops of berries on many Sorbus trees.

Yorkshire Arboretum Director, John Grimshaw, said “This year, after such an unusually hot summer which has caused stress to many trees, we await to see how the autumn colours reveal themselves, but as the season turns what we do know is that the trees in this unique collection will offer a truly breath-taking display.”

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