This post was actually intended for the garden pages but it seemed a shame not share Kew’s splendid tree-top walk with a few more people, so here we go…
I had rather hoped that we would be greeted by a sea of scarlet and gold from the sky walk. But whether Kew’s trees are not as brashly colourful as their New England cousins or whether this is really just not a very ‘bright’ year, I don’t now. Whichever the case, with the occasional exception, colours were lovely but muted. There brightest thing, as you can see in this image, were the long trunk-like iron legs of the treetop walkway.
The walkway has now been open for a few years and, rather splendidly it has a lift soaring up one side so is accessible to all. And it does give wonderful views over Kew’s rolling, tree-filled acres.
And although some parts are quite open, in others your really do feel as thought you are walking through the tree tops. Here you can just see it snaking its way through the branches.
I had set off for Kew equipped not only with my iPhone but with two photographers – one wielding our trusty video camera. So I am very happy to be able to offer you, not just my iPhone efforts, but a ‘real life’ walk through Kew gardens, complete with walkway, palm house, children, sleepy paraqueet – and squirrel!
And although the leaves were falling fast while we were there (as you saw) there were still plenty on the trees so if you want to go and check it out for yourself, if you got yourself along there next week, there would still be lots to see – although there would be fewer delightful children!
And you would have missed the autumn crocuses….
But even if you didn’t see that many leaves, or the croci, you could always go and see the Marianne North Gallery – of which more in a future post….
So now we will leave you with this view from the walkway which does look as though someone has just emptied a massive bag of confetti – and one seriously flaming yellow tree!!