WALKERS across the Vale have been encouraged to embrace the autumn air and take a walk around a National Trust parkland near Pershore.
To celebrate the conservation charity’s annual ‘Great British Walk’ Croome, near Pershore, is encouraging autumnal walks in its acres of parkland to enjoy the countryside and the colourful show at this time of year.
The National Trust’s ‘Great British Walk’ encourages everyone from young families to seasoned ramblers to explore the outdoors and discover Britain’s best views and introduce walkers of all ages to the special places only discoverable by foot.
Whether walking the dog with the family, soaking up the 18th Century landscape or wanting to explore a new part of the parkland, Croome has walks ranging from one hour to three hours so there is something for all levels of fitness.
Visitors can finish their walk with a warming cuppa and some hearty food served in the 1940s style restaurant.
“Autumn is such a great time for visitors to explore areas of Croome that they may not have ventured to before with walks for all abilities” says Katherine Alker, Garden and Park Manager.
“There are also many exotic trees to see which were brought to Croome by the 6th Earl of Coventry in the 18th century.
“The Ginkgo biloba and oriental plane trees are particularly striking and are soon to turn a buttery yellow in the next week or two.
“They can be found on a pleasant walk through the Home Shrubbery which has rewarding views towards the Malvern Hills from the steps of the Rotunda, one of our many follies in the parkland.
“Autumn seems to be a little later this year so there’s plenty of time for visitors to come and enjoy the colourful display,” she added.
The ginkgo tree, also called the maidenhair tree and native to China, was once thought to be extinct.
It was rediscovered growing in small areas around temples in China and was brought back to Europe in the 18th century by determined plant hunters.
Four of these trees were planted at Croome and two of the finest examples of ginkgo in the county are in Croome’s Home Shrubbery.
Call 01905 371006 or visit the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome or follow them on Twitter @NTCroome for more information and opening times.