The Autumn Colours here at Thorp Perrow have been no less than stunning this year. The Arboretum’s collections of Acer, cotinus and liquid amber trees offered a breathtaking spectacle, with leaves in a rainbow of shades from scarlet red through oranges, yellows, golds, browns and purples.
The 100-acre Arboretum has been carefully designed to ensure that the vibrant Autumn colours are displayed at their best, with dedicated areas such as the Acer Glade, the Autumn Bays displaying the National Collection of cotinus, and Spring’s Wood.
Autumn leaf colour changes are a response by trees to cooler temperatures and reduced day length, when pigment balances in the leaves changes, and sugars build up. These sugars provide the rich autumnal colours when they are absorbed back into the tree for winter survival.
We wanted to share with you some of the amazing photographs that have been taken of the colours this year by the Thorp Perrow team, and also from some of our visitors.