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children running through leaves in autumn
glorious autumn colours to find

Autumn Colours

Each year the deciduous trees and shrubs that fill the ancient woodland in the New Forest begin a transition from summer into autumn, the leaves begin to change colour from vibrant greens into coppers and intense reds.

As autumn approaches the green leaves begin to slow the rate at which they produce chlorophyll (the chemical that makes leaves green) the more that the submissive pigments such as carotenoids and anthocyanins have a chance to shine through, resulting in leaves turning beautiful browns, yellows, burning oranges, purples and reds.

The best conditions for the most diverse colourations is when the days in autumn are full of sunlight and cool in temperature, the nights however need to be chilly as it is important for the pigmentation changes.

Take some fantastic pictures of the changing seasons along one of our walking routes. Why not share your autumnal photos with us on Facebook.
The New Forest is the perfect place to experience this change in beautiful colours with a variety of different tree species, the colours and shapes of the leaves are an attraction in themselves.
Some of the trees you can find are; redwoods, oaks, beech, yew and holly. With a range of evergreen and deciduous trees you will have the chance to enjoy the clashes of deep greens against beautiful earthy tones and deep reds and purples.