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Autumn in the forests

There's no better place to be in the autumn than amongst the golds, reds and yellows of the forest. Make the most of these spectacular colours by visiting the forest for our top 10, autumn activity trails and your local woven woodland. 

Our forest Leaf Cam captures weird and wonderful reactions to a pile of leaves

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In our recent autumn survey it was found that almost a third (29%) of British parents thought that their children were missing out on the enjoyment of playing with a pile of leaves – so we decided to create a 5 foot leaf pile in the forest and record people’s reactions to it! From leaf fighting to jumping, Leaf Cam captured lots of happy and wonderful moments.

Autumn leavesOur Autumn Top 10

From the bright red maples at Westonbirt Arboretum to the stunning yellow of the oaks in Salcey Forest, our woods and forests offer some of the best autumn colour displays in England. Discover the top 10 now.

Autumn craftsAutumn in your local forest

From activity trails to woven woodlands bursting with colour, there’s no better place to be this autumn. Find out what’s going on in your local forest this autumn.

View of the Wye valley from Symonds Yat RockColour Me Happy map

From the bright red maples at Westonbirt Arboretum to the stunning yellow of the oaks in Salcey Forest, track the changing season and rate the colour of your local forest on this exciting interactive map.

Play outsideAutumn activity pack

Sign up for our free autumn learning activity pack to bring forest learning to life. From blackberry artwork, to forest sound bingo, get your hands on this free activity pack for hours of forest fun. Download now.

Westonbirt in autumnWhy do leaves change colour?

Ever wondered what’s going on as the colours transform through from green to red? Learn about the simple science of autumn colour and the impact of weather conditions with our interactive infographic.

Mindfulness Mindfulness in the forest

Allow yourself the time and space you need to reflect by making a therapeutic visit to the forest to clear your head. Try our adult colouring exercises, read a poem, and find your own state of presence.

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.