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The colours of the trees in Cumbria’s forests are now at their best and forestry experts are urging people to visit woodlands while they are at their autumn peak.
Trees at forests such as Grizedale and Whinlatter are providing a dazzling display of yellow, browns and orange as they shed their leaves for winter.
There is a wide network of footpaths within the county’s forests, as well as mountain biking and Go Ape high wire courses at Grizedale and Whinlatter, making them ideal places to explore at this time of year.
Gareth Browning, Forestry Commission area forester, said:
“I have been out and about in our forests and I now think they are as good as they will be. Everyone really should head out to their local forest now to ensure they do not miss out on a truly wonderful display of autumn colours.”
People can log on to the Internet to find out the colours of the trees. Information about the leaf colours can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/nweautumn
The website provides information for the following Cumbrian forests and woodlands: Grizedale Forest, Whinlatter Forest, Ennerdale Forest, High Stand and Giggle Alley.
The colours of the leaves found at these sites are now marked on a Google Map, which makes it even easier for nature lovers to find the forests and woodlands.
For more information about the Forestry Commission in the North West please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland
Notes to editors
The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain, with responsibility for more than one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.
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