Autumn colour in Kent

The incredible sight of foliage ripening into the rich colours of autumn is one of the joys of the season. Treat yourself to a dazzling display of fiery red and gold in Emmetts Garden's exotic tree collection or admire the 100-year-old purple cut-leaved Japanese Maples below the Bastion at Scotney Castle. Don’t miss autumn’s highlights in Kent. Every time you catch one of those falling leaves, you help us look after homes for wildlife.

Scotney Old Castle amongst the autumn colour in the garden

Scotney Castle 

The jubilant colours framing the medieval ruin take on new tones over the fall. Don't miss the American sweetgum, down by the boathouse in the garden, or the yellow spindle-fruited oriental bittersweet vines over the doorway onto the bowling green lawn.

Japanese maple in autumn at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Emmetts Garden, Kent 

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.

Knole Park is home to many species of funghi


Knole Park comes alive in autumn as the colours change and the wildlife adapt to the new season. Hunt for fallen horse chestnuts, spot toadstools and watch the excitement of the deer rut from afar.

The walk up to Wilmot Hill on the National Trust Ightham Mote estate in Kent

Ightham Mote 

Those with a sweet tooth will be enchanted by the Katsura toffee apple tree, which releases an intoxicating smell of burnt sugar from late September near the North Lake. Afterwards, take a delightful stroll through crunchy leaves on the wider estate.

An autumnal view of the tower from the nuttery


As the sunshine starts to fade and the shorter nights draw in it may feel like a time for resting up and staying in. But for those willing to brave the elements autumn is a great time to visit. Discover fiery colour in the garden and a wealth of wildlife out on the estate.