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Lovers of Fall foliage annually flock to New England to see the leaves, but this year, England, UK could itself offer a spectacular palette of autumnal colors.
Forestry England, the organization which protects forests in England, has predicted "an impressive display of vibrant autumn colors that will start now and continue right through to mid-November."
Explaining the necessary environmental ingredients for spectacular Fall leaves, Forestry England explain that "trees need a healthy balance of sunlight and rain to produce sugars, which create the colors in the leaves ... Many of us were left feeling soggy at the start of the summer and data from the Met Office confirms that England experienced a spell of very wet weather in mid-June, with some parts of the UK receiving 2.5 times the monthly average rainfall ... However, rain twinned with the sunshine that we experienced for much of July is a promising recipe for a spectacular show of seasonal color in the nation’s woodlands this autumn."
Tree experts from Forestry England will also be visiting Japan in September, to collect seeds from the wild as part of ongoing conservation. Daniel Luscombe, Forestry England’s Collections Manager, Bedegbury, The National Pinetum and Forest, explained that "We will be visiting Japan in early autumn collecting seeds from native Japanese trees with a focus on the conifers whilst working with various botanic gardens and forestry departments in the country. This is so we can keep our great looking trees, resilient to climate change, well into the future. Several of the Japanese species we will be collecting are at risk of going extinct and many of the maples we are hoping to collect will either be new to Westonbirt Arboretum and Bedgebury Pinetum or will be providing the next generation of trees for visitors to enjoy, say in a 100 years’ time. The autumn color over in Japan will be stunning and seeing how trees grow together in the wild gives us ideas and inspiration on how to use them to shape our landscapes.”
So if you're planning on visiting New England this year or in the coming years, you could just drop the 'New' and explore England's forests for some vibrant displays of Fall!
For more information on England's forests and woods this autumn, check out https://www.forestryengland.uk/autumn.