October 1st…… The Year moves on at a Pace


Memories of the colours of Westonbirt Arboretum 

A new month, October an indicator that the long dark winter months are ahead of us.  But before they arrive we have Autumn to look forward to…..  I just hope that October 2021 will live up to our hopes for another colour packed month of autumnal colours.  Now that would set us up well for whatever winter has to throw at us, fingers crossed. 

Whatever your hopes and whatever the weather ahead…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

1st October

(C) David Oakes 2021

9 thoughts on “October 1st…… The Year moves on at a Pace

      1. Westonbirt is a place I would like to have seen. I have, however been fortunate to see great colours at Sheffield Park one year, and also at Winkworth Arboretum

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        1. We first discovered Westonbirt back in 1969. You just parked and walked in, any time any season. We have visited many times since. First there was a small car park charge, the as the Forestry Commision promoted the autumnal colours a charge was made to visit. This was followed by event contractors being employed to regulate parking catering vans deployed and the entrance fee increased. Each time we have visited it got more, let say sophisticated, and of course more expensive. Last time we visited in 2019 the tree walkway was open visitor centre and restaurant and shops a mini complex. It had all the appearances of a theme park and the charges to match….. so high we nearly headed for the exit. Yet the hub of the arboretum remains just as we first discovered it back in 69. I am all for charging but today I feel that charging at so many of our attractions is sheer exploitation. Even NT have a theme park mentality

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