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Perfect autumn could be on way

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Experts from the Royal Horticultural Society are suggesting that the weather we have experienced over the last few months could produce a firework display of autumn colours this year.

Hampden Woods in autumn

The wet summer caused trees to grow a large volume of leaves, and to hang on to them rather than start to shed them early as they do in dry years. The recent warm sunny days have boosted the sugar levels in the leaves, and this should intensify their colours as they turn during the autumn. RHS Wisley curator Colin Crosbie has suggested there could be a "firework display from trees" later in the year, especially if conditions remain good without too much heavy rain or wind.

The heavily-wooded Chilterns could look spectacular in October and November as the trees turn. There are many local woods which are great for autumn colour.

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