Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park
A leaf-collecting paradise in south west London. The Isabella Plantation is a 40-acre woodland garden set in Richmond Park and is ablaze with kaleidoscopic colours in autumn. What's more, there are bike paths to explore and deer to spot along the way.
Colours will dazzle in this plantation, which dates back to the 1830s. The ponds and streams are also great to walk around and abuzz with pond life and amphibians and the wider Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve with 630 Red and Fallow deer roaming freely since 1637.
During the autumn, the deer breeding season takes place. The Red stags and Fallow bucks compete for females. At this time, the large males roar, bark and clash antlers in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible. It's a real spectacle - just keep a mindful distance away. There's no better place to learn and see the seasons change before little nature-loving eyes.
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