I can’t resist the photos of my grandchildren, layered in clothes, playing in layers of leaves in the woodland. Autumn has arrived in the Cotswolds, and it is certainly a magical time of year.
Layers of leaves lie
Overwhelming the senses
Deep in the forest
Almost the end of the summer here in the UK and Autumn is definitely in the air. So, I went with the grandchildren to Westonbirt Arboretum. The arboretum is so popular that the car park was overflowing, but once inside the woodland is so vast that it didn’t seem crowded at all. The aim of the visit was to go on the Gruffalo trail but we found that a bit disappointing.
However, a new experience for us was the bridge-like structure which takes visitors right up into the canopy of the trees. The bridge is very cleverly built with angled slats on the sides so that even the smallest children or wheelchair users can see the trees every step of the way. At intervals, there are viewpoints like ‘crow’s nests’ with information and pictures of the wildlife you can find. Some of the wildlife was a bit too realistic as there were swarms of bees building hives in some trees!
Up there on the walkway you get a totally different view of, and perspective on the 15,000 trees from all around the world which thrive there.
All around the arboretum there are woodcarvings and buildings created from the trees in the woods. They are magnificent. But the grandchildren’s favourite was in the adventure play area. There was a sea theme with a huge pirate ship, small canoes, sharks and fish, all carved from the wood. The grandchildren loved it and I can’t wait to go back in Autumn when the trees have turned golden and red.
Wooden Walkway and other structures at Westonbirt
a wooden playground structure
Trees are structures just made for climbing up and over, or jumping off!
trees are made for climbing
The Western Red cedar is a spectacular structure
And lastly, a woodcarving
For some photos of the natural beauty at Westonbirt arboretum take a look at another of my autumn posts at: http://wp.me/p2gGsd-rc