Harvest time at Mottisfont

Four children play in autumn leaves in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire

Autumn is a time for harvest: from gathering fallen leaves to foraging apples. At Mottisfont, we're celebrating this seasonal bounty with events, hands-on activities and opportunities to learn more about our wider estate.

We're celebrating Harvest Time throughout October, 10am-5pm. Normal property admission price only.

Highlight events

Help us with our harvest

As well as enjoying the colourful, seasonal displays from our trees, you can help contribute to our compost. Who doesn't love gathering big handfuls of crunchy autumn leaves? You'll find leaf bins dotted around the north and south paddocks for throwing in your harvest - our gardeners will then add them into the compost mix.

Compost is integral to keeping our gardens in top condition, and fallen leaves are an important ingredient.

Garden highlights

Autumn on the wider estate

Through our harvest celebrations, we're giving you the opportunity to discover more about our wider estate. October marks the beginning of felling season: we have an active working coppice in the Mottisfont woodlands. We cut hazel on rotation to produce an ongoing supply of produce including charcoal and faggots, which are available from the shop.

Tucked away just beyond Mottisfont’s gardens is the Millennium orchard, managed by a dedicated volunteer team. Now 18 years old, the orchard is filled with traditional apple varieties in autumn, such as southern England cultivar the Egremont Russet.

You can explore the wider estate at your leisure with one of our downloadable walking trails.

A path by the river at Mottisfont, Hampshire in autumn

Autumn walks 

Take in all the colours of autumn with a walk around our gardens, or head into our wider estate. Experience our grounds with a free guided walk, or stroll freely along winding paths. If you fancy a a longer walk, head out into our neighbouring countryside. Our estate trails offer views of a changing landscape, with opportunities for blackberry picking along the way.

Celebrate your own harvest

Want to celebrate harvest at home? We've created two handy how-tos to help you create compost and make your own cider.