The magic of autumn beeches

The oak tree is the dominant tree of English woodland (although once it was oak and small leaved lime, but as the small leaved lime isn’t used much by people, it has not been encouraged in the same way). However, I grew up on the edge of the Cotswolds, where beech trees are the primary tree. We get something called ‘hanging beech woods’ where trees cling to the sides of steep slopes.


I’m a fan of beech trees all year round. Their beautiful trunks, which often have faces in them, are a joy to behold in the winter. When spring comes, they produce vibrant, bright green leaves which slowly darken through the summer. However, in autumn, they blaze. Bright yellows, intense orange and crimson, darkening to a rich coppery tone. Those leaves can fall at any stage, creating both glorious skylines of colour, and amazing carpets beneath the trees.

I’ve borrowed an image for this blog from The Woodland Trust site – if you’re excited about trees, this is a great place to source information.


About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

2 responses to “The magic of autumn beeches

  • jenny Tavernier

    Ah Beech! I have always been a lover of, and feel deeply a kin relation to it. It is wonderful to see a mention of it. In terms of everyday, it always brings a secret inside delight and smile, and brings me to home, comfort, and safety.

  • Tadhg

    Thank you for sharing this. Great words, great photo. And, the Woodland Trust do some great work, and publicity for them can’t be bad, at all. I love autumn and winter. Thanks, Tadhg

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