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Thursday, 4 November 2010

New Forest autumn colour rivals Canadian fall

Autumn in the New Forest National Park has brought with it one of the most spectacular displays of leaf colour in the last 80 years.

Autumn colour, New Forest National Park
Photograph by Martin O'Neill

Great areas of the New Forest are blazing with red, brown, yellow and orange hues thanks to its unique balance of ancient, ornamental and native trees.

New Forest National Park Authority member Roger Heape has just returned from Canada and has been amazed by the New Forest’s autumn colour. He says: ‘I have just spent three weeks in Canada ‘leaf peeping’ its word-famous autumn colour but I have to say I was left disappointed. The colours in the New Forest this year are unprecedented.’

Bryan Wilson, the New Forest National Park Authority’s Senior Tree Officer, said: ‘I always find the contrast between the dark evergreen conifers and the golden tints of broadleaf trees make a stunning sight. Some of the most glorious colours are produced by our native Beech, Oak, Field Maple, Rowan, Wild Cherry, Willow and Poplar.’

If you are thinking about exploring the New Forest this autumn start your visit at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst. There you can learn about the Forest’s unique history and see first-hand its ‘family fun tree’, to discover what creepy crawlies live in the New Forest and learn what animals are owned by commoners. For more information about opening times and exhibitions at the Centre visit http://www.newforestcentre.org.uk/

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