Westonbirt ? the National Arboretum, is already world famous for its spectacular autumn colour and this year is better than ever thanks to the launch of the spectacular new ?Rotary Glade?.
The trees within the Rotary Glade, which will form part of the National Japanese Maple Collection at Westonbirt, have been carefully sourced from around the world, with the help of world Maple expert Peter Gregory. This recent expansion will help Westonbirt to create the best collection of Maples in the world.
John Weir, Director of the Arboretum says “The autumn colour in the Old Arboretum has become so popular that we have now spread the collection throughout the arboretum. Silk Wood now houses the Rotary Glade and this will allow visitors to experience our famous autumn colour in a more relaxing environment.”
The glade follows a meandering route between Oak Avenue and Broad Drive, creating a stunning swathe of foliage, which changes colour dramatically as the seasons change, now climaxing in a crescendo of hot fuchsias, oranges, yellows and reds.
The intensity and duration of autumn colour is dependent upon weather. A dry summer, as we have experienced this year, followed by early autumn rain has historically given us the most vibrant colours.
With predicted chilly temperatures in mid-ovember will see the leaves in all their glory before Westonbirt prepares for its spectacular pre-Christmas lighting of the trees.