Wednesday 18 November

Sheffield Park's Lower Woman's Way Pond in mid-November

Winter is beginning to stir, but for now we can still enjoy the last vestiges of colour around the garden. 

Whilst the majority of the leaves have fallen, there is still colour clinging to the branches and it is interesting to see how varied our trees are, depending on their individual conditions and wind exposure. Some have bright leaves festooning their very tops whilst the lower branches are bare, and others have patches of colour lower down at eye height. Others still have pom-pom like patches seemingly randomly arranged on the tree. Whatever the pattern, the remaining leaves feel all the more dramatic for it. 

Last leaves on an Acer palmatum in November at Sheffield Park
Last leaves on an Acer palmatum in November at Sheffield Park
Last leaves on an Acer palmatum in November at Sheffield Park

Carpets of many-coloured leaves now draw your eye down, rather than just up to the treetops, as you wander the gardens. It may be a different kind of beauty to the bright autumn peak, but it is undoubtably lovely in its own right. 


Plants of interest

The brightest offerings are the Liquidambar (sweetgum) and with their near complete leaves of cherry red gradating down to a reddish-yellow. Our Gardener Chris has seen leaves on some of the Liquidambar into January so, depending on weather conditions, hope to see some colour accompanying your walk right through the festive period. 

The birch trees are also bringing some nice colour with bright yellow and green-tinged leaves. 

As with earlier in the month, many of the native trees are looking lovely. Our oak (Quercus) and beech (Fagus) offer a muted yet dramatic backdrop to the gardens. 

The Acer griseum (Paperbark maple) near The Shant are a wonderful sight with their deep brown ornamental bark and plenty of patches of bright red leaves. 

Autumn isn't all about falling leaves. There are also signs of new life with an unexpected bloom to greet you near Cascade Bridge. Look out for the delicate winter flowering cherry (Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’) between Lower Woman’s Way Pond and Birch Grove. 

Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ flowering in November at Sheffield Park
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ flowering in November at Sheffield Park
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ flowering in November at Sheffield Park

If you are in the market for a longer walk, then our parkland is there for you. Put on the wellies for a trip down to the floodplain meadows near the wooden bridges which are currently living up to their name. You don't need to book and it is open dawn until dusk - though a visit is dependent on car park space.

The floodplain meadows on the parkland in mid-November
The floodplain meadows on the parkland in mid-November
The floodplain meadows on the parkland in mid-November


Please note that Walk Wood is now closed for the winter due to ground conditions and to allow us to undertake conservation work there during the colder months. 

Please check before travelling and we do encourage visitors to stay local during this November lockdown. 

Sheffield Park late autumn trees towards Pulham Falls

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