Autumn tints at Wakehurst. Picture: Steve Robards

Dazzling autumn colours at Wakehurst in Sussex – in pictures

A dazzling display of autumn colour is waiting to be discovered at Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex.

By Jennifer Logan
Monday, 19th October 2020, 1:46 pm

The garden, near Haywards Heath, covers 500 acres and the vast collection of deciduous trees are now turning eye-catching shades of yellow, orange, gold and red. There are brilliant berries, bark, nuts, fungi and flowers to spot, and piles of lovely leaves underfoot. Highlights include the katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) growing near the Mansion Pond. Native to China and Japan, this special tree is also known as the candy floss tree thanks to the sweet sugary smell of its autumn leaves. Keen photographers can capture the perfect picture in the woodlands with a myriad of colour and texture to inspire. Children also have the opportunity to join the Gruffalo Trail this autumn. Follow marks and feathers to solve clues along the trail and learn skills from other creatures in the garden to seek out the Gruffalo. All little trail hunters are also invited to dress up as a little brown mouse and lead the way. The trail is open until November 1, and is suitable for all ages, but slots must be booked in advance. During the coronavirus entry to Wakehurst is only permitted if you pre-book a slot. For more information on what’s open and how to book visit These pictures were taken by the Middy’s photographer Steve Robards. If you’ve taken your own stunning pictures, email them to us at [email protected]

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