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Batsford Arboretum enjoys best autumn colour for 30 years

Batsford Arboretum enjoys best autumn colour for 30 years

Thanks to recent weather conditions, the 56-acre Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, is enjoying the best year for autumn colour in 30 years.
Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s finest collections of Japanese maples - as well as collections of Sorbus, Euonymus and cherries - producing an impressive annual autumnal display of reds, oranges and yellows, and this year is proving to be the best yet.
Director of Operations, Stuart Priest says: “In the (almost) 40 years I’ve worked in horticulture, I’ve always been told that warm sunny days and cold nights - with no wind or rain - produces the best autumn colour. However, we certainly haven’t had consistently warm sunny days recently. Instead, we’ve had mainly cool, cloudy days and cool, frost-free nights with hardly any rain or wind and very dry ground - perhaps this is the winning formula for fantastic autumn colour? The Arboretum always colours well, but this year I’ve noticed certain individual trees that are looking beyond spectacular with intensely bright colour.”
If the current weather conditions continue, it is hoped that visitors to Batsford may enjoy beautiful autumn colour until mid-November.

Explore Gloucestershire
30 October 2016

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