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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Autumn Colour in UK 

Nature produces the ultimate tapestry of colour with every leaf fall. As noted in my previous post, the dazzling colours have fuelled a billion dollar tourist industry in America's north-east .

But it is not just the Americans that make 'leaf peeping' a national obsession. The Japanese have a special word, momijigari, which describes watching the changing colours of trees in autumn, and climate change has resulted in Britain experiencing riots of colour that match the legendary displays of Vermont, making 'leaf peeping' in Britain, every bit as big an activity.

To satisfy the demands of 'leaf peepers' to view the best displays of autumn colour, the Forestry Commission provides interactive maps of the best places to see foliage colours across the whole of the UK.

Autumnwatch in the UK has started for 2007 and the Woodland Trust are recording the first instances of seasonal events, this includes great interactive maps of the first autumn tinting and leaf fall.

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