“The sea­son be­longs to the trees”

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Says: Hazel Bird­sall, Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence Of­fi­cer, Wood­land Trust “Each sea­son brings with it a ta­pes­try of new sound, colours and tex­tures. For me, win­ter is dom­i­nated by chang­ing skies and frosts, spring by new life and wild flow­ers, sum­mer by overblown growth and sun­shine, and au­tumn, well, that be­longs to broadleaf trees. It’s a time of out­stand­ing beauty, when the nat­u­ral world treats us to a last burst of colour be­fore win­ter – stun­ning shades of rus­set, red, gold, yel­low, ochre, pur­ple, black, or­ange, pink and brown.

I’m in­cred­i­bly lucky to work in Skip­ton Cas­tle Woods, an an­cient wood­land hid­den in the York­shire Dales. As well as see­ing the leaves turn, I love the deep pur­ple el­der­ber­ries, fungi in all shades and colours, fiery red rowan berries and crunchy brown beech nuts which lit­ter the wood­land floor. Come mid-Oc­to­ber paths are cov­ered with am­ber con­fetti from ash, beech, hazel and horn­beam while wa­ter­ways re­flect the riot of colour above. An au­tumn walk in a wood con­nects you to the sea­son. You feel hid­den and en­closed. It’s a won­der­ful, im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.” WALK IT: Each of the Wood­land Trust’s 1200 woods of­fers some­thing unique. Find your near­est cor­nu­copia of colour at www.wood­landtrust.org.uk

WOOD­LAND WON­DER­LAND Gor­geous au­tumn hues in Skip­ton Cas­tle Woods.

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