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My gut instinct suggests to me that our long hot summer will deliver a particularly special Autumn foliage display this year.

I'm also acutely aware that my efforts to get meets arranged and confirmed has been pretty poor!

So how about it? I propose 2 meets and I will attend and do my best to arrange both; one in the North and one in the South. So I am open to suggestions and advice for locations and dates.

Let's start with a general time period; which weeks of the year to come will be in the sweet spot for Autumnal colours? My guess is that the North and South will differ by a week or two at least. Can I suggest we settle on agreed answers by the end of next week?

Once that is decided we can think about more precise dates and actual venues.

I would like to have dates and locations decided by the middle of September

Over to you!

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Re: Autumn colours

The classic place for autumn colours in the south is westonbirt arboretum.

They have the national Acer collection there

Normally we would go just before the clocks change, but this year a week or too earlier could be appropriate as my Acers are showing a few signs already because they got stressed

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Re: Autumn colours

Another plug for Westonbirt and will admit to it being in my area!


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The classic place for autumn colours in the south is westonbirt arboretum.

They have the national Acer collection there

Normally we would go just before the clocks change, but this year a week or too earlier could be appropriate as my Acers are showing a few signs already because they got stressed

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Re: Autumn colours

Thanks Andy, conveniently close to you

But, seriously, a strong candidate for the South.

I'm going to look at my archive of autumn shots to try to gauge the date ranges.

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Re: Autumn colours

Unsure of the best week, as Andy says there are signs of Autumnal leaves as the hot summer has done odd things to botanical beings.

Either way, I am up for it. Live in Carmarthenshire, with good access to motorways etc.

Look forward to it...…………..


Edit: And the meeting too...……...
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Re: Autumn colours

Very interested in this, but can’t do 6 hours of driving in a day anymore.

Hatfield Forrest would suit me.
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Very interested in this, but can’t do 6 hours of driving in a day anymore.

Hatfield Forrest would suit me.
I'd be very happy to drive you. We could do Hatfield Forest as a local meet as I think there would be enough of us.

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Thanks Andy, conveniently close to you
Not far, but it is abroad for Mark and I
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Re: Autumn colours

I have to admit that in general I am usually disappointed that our native forests don't produce the colours I have seen when visiting other countries - especially parts of the USA. This may simply be to the types of trees that proliferate here, but I'm sure the climate also counts. The arboretum does have a wide variety of trees that traditionally produce great Autumn colours, so that looks like a safe bet. But it would be nice to find an area of more indigenous flora to photograph as well.

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Re: Autumn colours

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I have to admit that in general I am usually disappointed that our native forests don't produce the colours I have seen when visiting other countries
There is an exception to every rule .. native beech woodland, Wentwood just north of Newport Gwent - Somewhere I like walking in the Autumn...








Hopefully some more inspiration if people are thinking of joining us



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Re: Autumn colours

This might be of some interest? https://www.msn.com/en-gb/lifestyle/...id=mailsignout

There is one other location - Northumberland - that could be of interest but it is a National Trust property? Cragside House and Gardens.

The First House in the world to be powered by hydro-electricity. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside
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Re: Autumn colours

Clumber Park near Sheffield might be a good place ...

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clu...t-clumber-park
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One, albeit minor problem with National Trust sites, is that they don't allow drone use. I'd definitely like to take some aerial shots with mine if at all possible, but it's not a high priority.

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Re: Autumn colours

Looks so Autumnal already...…………….Lovely photos Andy...……….
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