PHOTOS: Autumn arrives at Stourhead

PHOTOS: Autumn arrives at Stourhead

Published at 3:00pm 7th October 2019.

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Some gorgeous pictures have been shared showing the seasons changing at the National Trust estate.

The 2,560 acre site near Mere is gearing up for what's thought to be their peak time.

There are more than 600 species of trees and shrubs around the grounds, which means for the next couple of months, the gardening team will need to go out every day to clear the falling leaves.

Autumn at Stourhead - National Trust Images Tamsin Holmes
The colours in the leaves are believed to change at a slower rate at Stourhead, due to its sheltered valley location

Alan Power, the National Trust's Head Gardener at Stourhead said: 

"The early signs of autumn are already here with fairly strong colour changes happening in some of the trees already, helped along by the recent sunny days and cool nights. Perfect autumn conditions. The garden team are preparing for five or six weeks of daily leaf collecting.

"Autumn is a whole season, it changes every day and you need to enjoy it from start to finish to really get the contrasts. To see it at its best you need to come and come again. First thing in the morning is beautiful in autumn, as the mist rises off the lake, but it is equally fantastic throughout the day."

Autumn at Stourhead - National Trust Images Tamsin Holmes
Autumn provides some of the most beautiful views across the estate throughout the year

PLAN YOUR VISIT

The National Trust has set up its 'leafline' once again this autumn to give visitors an insight into whether it's a good day for seeing the changing season for yourself.

By calling 01747 841152, you can get a regular update from Alan and his team about the best features of the estate.

There's also more information on the Stourhead website about the special autumn walks, led by the site's volunteers each day. 

They're held at 11.00am and 1.30pm to take visitors on a 75 to 90 minute stroll around the best of the autumn colours.

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