First signs of Autumn at Westonbirt
Westonbirt Arboretum is beautiful all year round, but I love autumn best. Walking round Westonbirt Arboretum, I suppose it is the colours that are the most obvious sign of autumn, but there is so much more – the caramel scent exuded from the Japanese katsura tree alongside the damp smell of the fallen leaves on dewy grass and the sound of footsteps crunching through crisp, dried leaves.
We paid a visit to Westonbirt at the end of September, when there were still signs of summer, unwilling to relinquish its hold on the trees to autumn, but every so often there would be the reminder that the autumn colours were just around the corner. The majority of the trees still held on to their green leaves, but every so often we would turn a corner and there would be a sudden burst of red.
Then round the corner and again we were faced with the signs of summer again….
Of course, the colours you usually associate with autumn are reds, yellows, oranges and browns, so it is a nice surprise to see bushes laden with blue berries.
Regardless of the season, there are our usual activities that have to be done at Westonbirt, such as visiting The Gruffalo and jumping across tree trunk stepping stones.
And playing in dens in forest.
It was great to find lots of things within the arboretum to capture the girls interest. Little toadstools growing amongst the detritus.
We also started to find conkers and acorns nestled in the undergrowth. The girls really enjoyed hunting for these little autumn treasures. Emily was very attached to her “baby acorn” and cradled it for the remainder of the walk.