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In awe of autumn with the Forestry Commission

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Children running through autumn leaves in Dalkeith Country Park near Edinburgh

Forestry Commission has named its top ten places to experience the sensory delights of autumn. From the ‘electric light bulb’ yellow of autumn leaves at Westonbirt to the candyfloss smell of exotic trees at Bedgebury Pinetum, the Forestry Commission offers something for everyone this autumn.

If you need to keep the children entertained this half term there’s loads of ideas and suggestions online, such as, seed collecting, leaf storms, or leaf art with rubbings, collage or leaf printing.  The Forestry Commission is running a full list of autumn events for families from Halloween trails and den building sessions to fun with Professor Fungus.

Aspiring photographers have an opportunity to share their autumn pictures on Facebook and win a day out at Go Ape! Photos can be uploaded to the Forestry Commission’s Autumn Colours Facebook page.

There is a time and a place for all of autumn’s rich experiences and adventures with the Forestry Commission.  Try the fantastic viewpoint at Symonds Yat to see the carnival of autumn colours, at the Wye Valley in the Forest of Dean.  For others autumn can be experienced with the wind rushing past while speeding down one of the singletrack mountain biking trails at Kielder Castle, Northumberland.

At Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire, visitors can explore autumn from the canopy of the trees on the amazing Tree Top Way, a great place to see autumn-flying butterflies and dragonflies. At Bolderwood, New Forest, you can experience the changing colours of autumn on the Ornamental Drive, and get close to the famous herd of Fallow deer from the viewing platform.

Other top listed sites are Maulden Woods, Bedfordshire, the Mendip Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, Somerset, and Castle Neroche, Devon, which offers a spectacular viewpoint over Somerset. Staple Hill, near Taunton, is accessible to wheelchair users, and a great place to start the fantastic 13-mile circular Herepath Trail through some of the best forested landscape in South West England.

Josephine Melville-Smith, marketing manager of the Forestry Commission, said:

“To witness a tree in full autumn colour against a bright blue sky is a sight to lift anyone’s spirits. There’s all this beauty outside beckoning people outdoors to see shades of red, chestnut, ochre and copper.  It’s an unmissable event in early morning sunlight or any time of day, so wrap up and venture outdoors.”

For more information on places to go or things to do this autumn visit or the Autumn Colours Facebook page at

Notes to Editors

  1. The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.  Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

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