Leaf watch: they’re turning!

I’ve taken it upon myself to track the progress of the trees as they don their autumnal livery. Today I went up to Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, the ultimate tree-watch location in the South-West.

It was owned by Robert Holford in the early Victorian age when it was the height of fashion to own a large country estate and plant a collection of trees from around the world. He went for the ‘picturesque’ style of planting, which is designed to enhance the appearance of the natural landscape using the same principles as painting.

It’ll be a few more weeks until they’re in their full regalia, but the acer/maples are well on the way. Simple pleasures. 

Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Glos, GL8 8QS

Adults – £9 (in autumn); Concessions – £8.

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