Continuing my account of my visit to this woodland park with its nationally important collections of exotic trees, at the time of year when they are at their most glorious.
This is the third part of a series. To begin at part one, click here.
Leaving the Old Arboretum and its formal broad avenues and specimen trees, the path returns to the car park and visitor centre. From there one can head south into the contrasting Silk Wood. This is not part of the original arboretum but is instead a mixture of old managed woodland, modern plantation and collections or groupings of trees of particular species.
The collection everyone was heading for at this time of year was the National Maple Cultivar Collection. A cultivar is not a separate species but is a lineage of plants propagated by cuttings from one selected for a particular appearance. The ones in this collection must have been selected for their autumn colours because they were truly stunning. I would run out of superlatives trying to describe them, so instead I shall just let my photographs talk for themselves.
Photo 7: Maple cultivar collection (photograph by author)
Photo 8: Maple cultivar collection (photograph by author)
Photo 9: Maple cultivar collection (photograph by author)
Photo 10: Maple cultivar collection (photograph by author)
Continued in part four…