Autumn Colours at Westonbirt

Autumn Colours at Westonbirt

Today’s blog is a pictorial one, because sometimes a picture does paint a thousand words, and the National Arboretum at Westonbirt has 15,000 specimen trees to choose from.

Covering 600 acres, the arboretum lies about 3 miles south-west of Tetbury and is located next to Prince Charles and his Highgrove House Estate.

There are 17 miles of footpaths covering two distinct areas; there is the Old Arboretum, which is an area formally planted to create vistas and avenues of trees – and Silk Wood, which is less formal and has a more natural woodland feel to it.

The planting began in the mid-19th century as part of the Westonbirt House Estate (the house became a girls’ boarding school in 1927) and is now managed by Forestry England.

From Mid-October to Mid-November people flock to Acer Glade to witness the fantastic spectacle of the Japanese Maples changing colour. The exact time to see them at their best changes slightly each year depending on weather conditions before and during the season.

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Please sit back and enjoy the pictures below. I hope you enjoy them, and thanks for taking the trouble to look

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19 thoughts on “Autumn Colours at Westonbirt

  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera

    Those are incredibly beautiful photographs, congratulations Malc! Lovely post my friend. We are on day 12 of quarantine, all’s well, there is wine and we applaud at 2000 hours from our balconies…better home and safe. I am proud of my people as most have followed the rules, and the Royal decree and stayed home. Take good care Malc and stay home and stay safe!
    All the best,
    Francisco

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    1. Easymalc Post author

      Thank you for the lovely words Francisco, both for this post, and your fabulous poetry. It’s good to see that you and your fellow compatriots are pulling together and supporting those who are doing such a fantastic job to keep everyone safe. I managed to get a delivery of beer from my local brewery which is great news for them as well as me. Due to an ongoing leg wound I had to leave the house this morning to get some treatment, but other than that I’m staying put. I’m hoping that the number of casualties in Spain starts to tail off soon. It’s an absolute nightmare for everyone. Please make sure that you stay safe my friend.
      Por favor mantente seguro (I hope that’s the way to say in Spanish).

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      1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera

        Thank you Malc, from the heart I appreciate it. Yes, you’ve written that in perfect “castellano”. Stay safe and I hope you feel better soon. Cheers! Glad you got the beer…we will come thorough!
        All the best,
        Francisco

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        1. Easymalc Post author

          Wouldn’t it be great if we could enjoy a beer or wine together somewhere sometime ?

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  2. Simone

    Wow, those acers are just stunning! Great photos Malcolm! I do love the autumn colours 🙂 I tried having an acer in my garden, but unfortunately that project failed. But seeing your photos makes me want to give it a go again!

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    1. Easymalc Post author

      Thanks Simone. Autumn is my favourite time of the year.
      If your soil conditions aren’t ideal for growing acers it might worth considering growing one in a container to see if that works, but I’m no expert.

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  3. toonsarah

    Glorious autumn colours 🙂 I have never been to Westonbirt but whenever I hear the name I remember primary school friend who left to go to the boarding school there. I was insanely jealous as she and I were great fans of Enid Blyton’s boarding school stories and now she would get to live the dream! Sadly we lost touch once she left the school so I never found out if the dream lived up to expectations, but I suspect not!

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    1. Easymalc Post author

      Thanks for following Sarah. I have to confess that Autumn is my favourite time of the year.
      Whatever our dreams are, we’re all dealt with a hand of cards that we have to contend with, but I honestly believe that we should all be content with that hand of cards and get on with our lives the best way we can.
      I know that you’re not being serious about being jealous, but I don’t think that you can complain too much with how your life has been, and you know I mean that in the nicest possible way. You’ve probably had a better life than your friend did 🙂

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  4. Stuart Templeton

    Stunning Pictures Malcolm – Westonbirt does indeed look lovely. I’ve know about it for yeas (and driven past it more than a few) but never been into it. Perhaps we’ll have to take a trip in the autumn.

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    1. Easymalc Post author

      If you do go, it’s worth remembering that a lot of other people like Westonbirt in the Autumn as well. Thanks for taking a look

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  5. Anne Marie

    Thanks for the introduction Malc! Never heard of it before but now it’s definitely on the ‘to do’ list.

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    1. Malc Post author

      Thanks for taking a look Anne Marie. It may be a bit out of the way, but there are plenty of places to visit in the Cotswolds if you haven’t already been there. Best if you’ve got your own transport though

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    1. Malc Post author

      LOL. I’m sure you would too, as long as you don’t mind sharing it all with England’s upper middle class! 🙂

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