Discover more about the work we're doing to prolong the life of our ancient trees. Throughout Europe ancient and veteran trees are now rare. At Ashridge Estate, Chrissy Hardy and the ranger team are fundraising to ‘halo-release’ 1000 veterans.
Autumn in the Chilterns Countryside is when the woodlands and hedgerows reveal a magnificent kaleidoscope of colour. The National Trust sites in the Chilterns offer some of the best places in England to see the golden glow of autumn as it unfolds in all its glory.
In the ancient woodlands surrounding this former Tudor palace beeches and oaks mingle with sweet and horse chestnuts to present a glorious canopy of rich autumn foliage. The yellow and strawberry-red leaves of the native cherry and whitebeam create a patchwork carpet on the woodland floor.
The wild garden is the focus of autumn colour with a range of ornamental trees and shrubs. Further afield, the amelanchiers and azaleas are particularly spectacular, and for those with a sweet tooth the bumper crops of blackberries on the estate walks are a juicy treat.
The exotic garden here is famed for its vibrant autumn colour. The bright red of the Winged Spindle and golden leaves on the Japanese maple are a wonder to see. Ripe, vibrant berries are abundant too, including regal purple berries on the prickly heath.
From the UK's largest horse-chestnut tree at Hughenden in Buckinghamshire, to adventures among red squirrels on the Mottistone Estate, on the Isle of Wight, autumn wouldn't be complete without a traditional game of conkers for your little ones.