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'Confused' weather leads to late autumn colour
VISITORS to Batsford Arboretum expecting to see the autumnal blaze of colour will have to wait a couple more weeks.
The spectacular displays of red, oranges and gold are about a fortnight behind but staff are confidents it will be worth the wait when they finally arrive.
This week the Woodland Trust said it believed autumn is running at least two weeks late, probably due to the recent warm and damp weather.
However, this month in the arboretum has been a great year for fruit, haws and hips which continue to provide a blaze of reds, pinks and oranges.
Operations Director Stuart Priest said while everyone enjoyed the first ‘proper’ summer for years, overall it has been a year of confused weather.
“We started off with the incredibly cold and late spring which checked back the blossom and led to a fantastic mix of both bulbs and blossom well into May, followed by the amazing heat of summer,” he said.
“The recent rain has delayed the appearance of our normal autumn colour spectacular – in fact even hedgerows and the beautiful Cotswold countryside around Batsford are still very green.
“We are always being asked when the best time is to visit for the peak colour but this year more than most is proving almost impossible to predict because of the changeable weather.
“But we’re confident once it does appear it’ll be another autumn to remember.”
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