Despite the Beech tree having been described as a non-native tree in the north of England, I think it is my favourite tree. There is the soft lime green of the new leaves and then their glorious colours in autumn, lasting much longer than most leaves of other trees. The tall straight grey trunks as you enter Grass Wood  make a lovely picture, while roots of the more mature trees rising above the ground in a tangled mass in Strid Wood take on a life of their own, slightly sinister.

Second featured image is a collage of some autumn leaves and fruits – see if you can recognise them all!

A curiosity  – sent to me by Peg Wright of a caterpiller she found in her garden, the Pale Tussock. Remarkable!

Christine Bell