Stourhead, a National Trust property in Wiltshire, is witnessing the first signs of autumn colour beginning to appear across the garden and wider estate.
Alan Power, Stourhead’s head gardener, said: ‘This world-famous garden is starting to show signs of autumn’s arrival with golden, orange and red hues beginning to appear in the trees including the Acers, the Tulip Trees and American Oaks.
‘Every autumn at Stourhead is strikingly distinct, with different types of trees changing at different times. The shorter days and a decent cold snap help to stimulate the chemical processes in the trees and increase the intensity and colour of the leaf foliage.
‘Due to the sheltered position of the garden, situated in a valley, Stourhead’s trees generally turn slower than other areas. This means that visitors can experience a slow and gradual change in the garden, always offering a new scene if visited repeatedly over the autumn period.’
To help visitors who are planning to visit this autumn, Stourhead have once again set up the ‘leafline’. By phoning 01747 841152 visitors planning a trip will be able to hear a weekly update on the autumn colours in the garden from Stourhead’s head gardener Alan Power.
Stourhead offers something for everyone, and this autumn is no different. For children this autumn there is also a pumpkin trail in the house and a tree trail around the garden for all to enjoy. There will also be plenty of puzzles and games and dressing up to keep children amused in wet weather.
For more information about events and what to see at Stourhead this autumn please visit the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead