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Batsford Arboretum predicts a spectacular autumn

Where: Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh

When: From now

Staff at Batsford Arboretum are gearing up for outstanding autumn colour at the 56 acre arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh, thanks to the extreme weather.

Home to one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country, Batsford is famed for putting on a show-stopping display of autumn colour thanks to the magnificent collection of Japanese maples, Sorbus, Euonymus and cherries.

This year's display could be particularly special following the long, cold winter, warm spring and unusually hot summer.

Head gardener Matthew Hall said: "Despite the ground being very dry due to the heatwave this summer, it's been a good growing year which will be reflected in the autumn colour.

"The long hot summer has also provided an abundance of berries and fruit seen on Malus, Sorbus and Crataegus.

"It's difficult to predict when autumn will be at its best, but judging by what I've seen, we can expect to see early colour appearing any time now, with a riot of colour expected from the beginning of October."

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