Glorious autumn colours all around

East Dean family Justin and Lesley Pollard  enjoying an Autumn stroll at Goodwood with their children Anna and James.''C111752-1 Chi Autumn  Photo Louise Adams
East Dean family Justin and Lesley Pollard enjoying an Autumn stroll at Goodwood with their children Anna and James.''C111752-1 Chi Autumn Photo Louise Adams

COULD autumn be the most underrated season? With the beautiful colours we’ve been having this year, it could certainly be so.

Observer columist Richard Williamson was the manager of the historic Kingley Vale for 30 years and maintains an avid interest in nature, specifically in Sussex.

A well-travelled man and nature expert, he insists that with regards to autumn, Sussex is the most beautiful area in England – and England is the most beautiful in all the world.

“There have been lovely colours this year,” he said, commenting that the 250-year-old trees of Petworth Park are ‘particularly glorious’ and ‘an amazing sight for England’.

He gave special mention to the orange colour of the oaks at dawn and the beautiful beech colours across the down.

Jim Buckland, manager of the historic, 90-acre West Dean Gardens, agrees with Richard – the field maple is definitely one of the most beautiful trees with its ‘butter yellow’ hue.