“The season belongs to the trees”
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.