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 throughout October with events, activities, seasonal decorations and opportunities to learn more about the wider estate.

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

For families

A family explore the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire in autumn

Spot the scarecrows at Mottisfont 

Different scarecrows are hiding all around the grounds this October, as part of our harvest celebrations. Follow the trail to find them all, and make a scarecrow hat to take home.

 

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. Head to the stables to learn about autumn produce and wildlife.

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.

In an effort to play a part in reducing plastic waste, we're launching new hessian packaging for the produce this autumn – the first of its kind in the National Trust.

On the 6, 7, 27 and 28 October volunteers will be showcasing traditional woodturning skills.

You can explore the wider estate at your leisure with one of our downloadable walking trails. Why not visit the Millenium Orchard in the village just beyond our gardens? Managed by a dedicated volutneer team, the orchard is filled with traditional apple varieties in autumn, such as southern England cultivar the Egremont Russet.

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.