Closer to home, the colour isn't quite as spectacular in Hirst Woods as it is at Thorpe Perrow. Those vibrant red maples that add so much punch to the mixture are absent from the native woodland, which is mainly oak, beech and birch. It's still looking very attractive this year. I was struck by the difference in the shapes of the straight trunks and then that wonderfully dark and twisty tree just behind. Isn't nature wonderful?