A golden op­por­tu­nity

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Leaf peep­ing – no, don’t laugh – is a recog­nised hobby for many peo­ple around the world. In places like Con­necti­cut, US, and parts of New Zealand, tourists ob­sess and de­light at au­tum­nal hues as greens change to or­ange, red and rus­set. I of­ten com­ment on the de­light of liv­ing in a part of the world where there are four dis­tinct sea­sons and au­tumn is so well de­fined by the changes in leaf colour.

This hap­pens when chloro­phyll pro­duc­tion slows down in prepa­ra­tion for the trees go­ing into hi­ber­na­tion, al­low­ing other colours al­ready present in the leaves – or­anges and yel­lows – to be­come vis­i­ble.

By all ac­counts, due to the won­der­ful sunny na­ture of our sum­mer just gone, we are in for a treat this au­tumn. Why is this? Long pe­ri­ods of sun cre­ate more sugar con­tent in the leaf tis­sues re­sult­ing in more an­tho­cyanins, a chem­i­cal com­pound that pro­duces those won­der­ful vivid reds and scar­lets. How­ever, while it maybe a spec­tac­u­lar show, it will be short. Trees were also stressed by the drought and will drop their leaves quickly as a re­sult.

Bri­tain has many great gar­dens and due to the na­tion’s rel­a­tive pros­per­ity, trees from many dif­fer­ent coun­tries have been planted here for many

Au­tumn’s blaze of colour is set to be spec­tac­u­lar – here’s where to en­joy it

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