Marks Hall Arboretum

Situated near Coggeshall and with easy access from both the A12 and the A120, the Marks Hall Arboretum is a must-visit part of Essex at any time of the year, but especially in autumn when the leaves are on the turn.  The extensive tree collection features native species as well as specimens from other temperate areas of the globe.  The paths through the Arboretum take you through woodland, along grassy lawns and by the side of a double lake where you’ll spot swans, ducks and geese.  The 18th century Walled Garden is characterised by more structured planting, but is just as beautiful nonetheless.  Wear comfortable shoes and take your camera – and don’t plan to rush, as this is a large site where you’ll want to make full use of the many benches to soak up those incredible views.  Entrance currently costs a very reasonable £5; RHS members get in free of charge in May, June and July. For more information, visit http://www.markshall.org.uk.

Near the main entrance, looking down to the lakes
Near the main entrance, looking down to the lakes

Sculpture of two horses
Sculpture of two horses

The area around the lakes is planted to take full advantage of the reflections
The area around the lakes is planted to take full advantage of the reflections

An avenue of trees near the Walled Garden
An avenue of trees near the Walled Garden

Vine in the Walled Garden
Vine in the Walled Garden

Woodland walks can be found throughout the Arboretum
Woodland walks can be found throughout the Arboretum

Spectacular foliage on this Acer
Spectacular foliage on an acer

Not all the foliage turns yellow or orange as this tree's leaves prove
Not all the foliage turns yellow or orange as this tree’s leaves prove

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