Spectacular Autumn Colour At The Yorkshire Arboretum
The nights are drawing in and the change of season brings with it nature’s annual spectacular show of colour to the Yorkshire Arboretum. The 120 acre garden of trees, located opposite Castle Howard, is already showing shades of red, gold and yellow in a display that will intensify over the next few weeks. The ‘October Glory’ red maples are living up to their name – even if a bit early - and the birch, hornbeams and beech have been looking sharp against the crisp blue sky. There is a superb crop of berries this year too, with the rowan trees being laden with fruit in shades of red, pink, orange and white.
During the summer the lake has been restored to its former glory, with a fine new path circuiting the water, enabling visitors to get close to the banks of Japanese maples, already flaming in brilliant colours.
Over 2,000 children have been on school visits to the arboretum this year, the largest number to date, and more will be visiting in the next few weeks, giving kids a chance to learn in this beautiful setting. The schools have been enjoying new activities relating to the outdoors, music, maths and growth plus some old favourites like pond-dipping and shelter-building.
Yorkshire Arboretum Director, John Grimshaw, said “The arboretum is beautiful throughout the year, but there is something particularly special about autumn: A collision of the cool air and colourful foliage combine to make a walk among the tree collection a true delight. With the summer’s punishing heatwave behind us, the turn of season promises a vibrant autumn for visitors to enjoy. A busy October and packed events calendar ensure there is something for all the family in the coming weeks.”
Spectacular Autumn Colour At The Yorkshire Arboretum, 3rd October 2018, 9:17 AM