New Forest National Park Authority member Roger Heape has just returned from Canada and has been amazed by the New Forest’s autumn colour. He says: ‘I have just spent three weeks in Canada ‘leaf peeping’ its word-famous autumn colour but I have to say I was left disappointed. The colours in the New Forest this year are unprecedented.’
Bryan Wilson, the New Forest National Park Authority’s Senior Tree Officer, said: ‘I always find the contrast between the dark evergreen conifers and the golden tints of broadleaf trees make a stunning sight. Some of the most glorious colours are produced by our native Beech, Oak, Field Maple, Rowan, Wild Cherry, Willow and Poplar.’
If you are thinking about exploring the New Forest this autumn start your visit at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst. There you can learn about the Forest’s unique history and see first-hand its ‘family fun tree’, to discover what creepy crawlies live in the New Forest and learn what animals are owned by commoners. For more information about opening times and exhibitions at the Centre visit www.newforestcentre.org.uk
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
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The New Forest National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire; it is famous for its stunning landscapes,wildlife,coastline & picturesque villages. It is the eighth national park in England and the first in the south-east to be created for nearly 50yrs.