Autumn at Kingston Lacy

AUTUMN is always a beautiful season and few places are lovelier at this time than the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy near Wimborne.

This year visitors can experience the best of this magical season and the spectacular autumn colour by joining Andrew Hunt, the head gardener, for walks around the 40 acre garden and wider parkland every Friday in October..

Andrew Hunt says: “The changes in the garden during autumn mean it is the best time of year to appreciate the structure and contrast in the landscape with views from the garden, out across the parkland.

“Highlights in the garden this season include the deep reds, rich oranges and golden yellows of over 40 varieties of Acer in the seven acre Japanese garden.  It is also the best time of year to spot fungi in the garden and cyclamen flowering in the fernery and the kitchen garden is a hive of activity with fruit and vegetables being harvested. Fewer leaves on the trees also mean it is the best season to see the peeling bark on our Paperbark Maples in the nursery wood.”

The walks take place every Friday throughout October at 11am, start at visitor reception and take about an hour. After each walk visitors will enjoy a warm lunch in the stables cafe where there will be a chance to ask questions and discover more about the garden and its stories. Ticket price includes lunch. Booking essential at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy or by phone 0344 249 1895.

Pictured by Teresa Evans.