It’s a surprising fact that despite the very busy, built-up nature of much of the south east, it is still the most wooded area of the country, with the counties of Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex ‘taking the crown’ in terms of the greatest area of woodland.
So there really is every opportunity for those us of living here to see some really spectacular sights this autumn as the leaves turn from green to gold to red.
Painshill in Surrey is rightly celebrated for its beautiful tree-scape and will have a spectacular autumnal show, but if you’re interested in finding out more about the trees in the park then you can attend their ‘Celebrate Trees’ event on Sunday 23rd October from 10am – 4pm. There’ll be tree workshops and trails as well as seed planting and displays of machinary used in woodland management.
Adult entry is £8.00 with children under 5 going free. Children 5-16 are £4.50. All tree-themed activities are included in the admission price. For more information see the website here.
Borde Hill near Haywards Heath, Sussex is another great place to watch the fiery autumn colours appear. Home to 80 champion trees, (trees of notable height or girth) this grade II listed garden has over 200 acres of parkland and a rich collection of plants in its series of ‘garden rooms’. Now is really the last chance to see it in all its glory, as it is open for the last time this season during the half term week, closing on 30th October. Children under 3 go free, 3-16 yrs £5.50, adults £8.20. For more information see the website here.
Last but not least, no autumnal colour round-up would be complete without mentioning the Hillier Gardens and Arboretum, Hamphire and Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey. The former has a huge collection of trees which about now are taking on their autumn hues. You can also enjoy a bushcraft campfire and toast marshmallows around a fire on Saturday 29th October, which is a real seasonal treat – to find out more about Hillier Garden events see the website here.
Winkworth is also a special place to visit at this time of year, with a lovely collection of acers that turn deep red, orange and yellow. See the website for details or you can also keep track of the autumn spectacle at Winkworth by keeping up with their facebook Autumn Colour Watch page. Details of entry costs and visit details can be found here.