You can’t beat an autumn woodland walk. The autumn colours are particularly bright this year, we are getting reports from across the country that the colour spectacle is not to be missed. Find time in the next couple of weeks to visit a woodland near you...you won’t be disappointed.
Ever wondered why leaves change colour? In the spring and summer, trees make food using sunlight and chlorophyll, which gives leaves their green colour. When there’s less sunlight in the autumn, they have a rest and stop making chlorophyll. As the green disappears, you can see the other coloured substances that are in the leaf. Carotenoids are yellow, orange or brown (they make carrots orange too), while anthocyanins make the leaves red.
And it’s not just the leaves to discover. This year is turning out to be another bumper year for nuts and berries. Folklore says that means we are in for a hard winter. If you’re quick you can catch the end of the sloes for your gin, blackberries for your crumbles or chestnuts to roast on your open fire later in the year.
30 October 2015