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Forest of Dean set for a colourful autumn

Posted on 01st November 2013

The warm weather Britain has experienced of late is set to be represented in the warm colours of the Forest of Dean’s autumnal foliage.

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According to reports, the Forestry Commission is expecting Forest of Dean self catering holiday cottage visitors to be greeted this month by the rich colouring of the forest’s beech trees in a display to rival that of any previous autumn.

It is thought that the vibrant colouring is the outcome of the cold spring and warm summer we experienced this year that has resulted in the perfect conditions to allow sugars to build up in the leaves and produce this vivid colouring.

According to this article from the Telegraph, the Forestry Commission expects the colouring to reach its peak towards the end of this month and at the beginning of November. The leaves change colour in autumn as trees tend to produce less chlorophyll at this time of year as the days become shorter and daylight dwindles.

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