The sunny summer days seem long gone. Flipflops are packed away for another year and winter coats are unearthed from hibernation. Now the trees begin their magnificent transformation into a sea of sepia hues as well as revealing their treasures that toddlers love: conkers, pine cones and acorns.
We’ve collated the best places for conker treasures:
Heavitree Park: Just near the tennis courts there’s a cluster of horse chestnut trees. A popular spot with the added bonus of a play park, path for scooting and lawn for running.
Heavitree Cemetery: On Hamlin Lane side of the cemetery there are a couple of horse chestnut trees – please remember to be respectful.
Bury Meadow, Exeter
The large park opposite Exeter college has many conker trees. Park on Hele Road.
The Quay, Exeter
On the walk from double locks to the Quay there’s many.
Exeter University, Exeter
Fabulous walks with downloadable guides including tree trail, water walk, sculpture walk, http://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/campuses/gardens/visiting/highlights/
Great place for picking up conkers and giant pine cones.
As it says on the website: “The University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus is acknowledged as the most beautiful and botanically interesting of any UK University. Streatham Campus is described by The Times as the ‘best-gardened campus in Britain’ and by The Independent as having a ‘sublime’ setting.”
Great woodland walks and lots of trees up on the clump for nature collecting.
Enjoy a stomp around the parkland and discover the variety of trees, including horse chestnuts.
Alternatively, there are plenty of conkers near the natural playground made from fallen trees – park up by the cricket club for free.
Knowle Park has lots too.
The green in Dawlish is home to two large trees dropping lots of conkers.
Newton St Cyres
The football ground has a large tree.
Here’s a little uplifting description to remind us all of the beauty of Autumn, if the wet weather is starting to get you down.
“The flamboyant colours of the summer flowers below are soon echoed by the foliage above. It is a second chance to bloom, for the green to glow with new hues as pretty as any petal. It is the promise of the most beautiful rain, the warmest of snowflakes, golds and berry-reds under glossy water, sparkling under morning frost. It is those days before nature stands devoid of adornments and is breathtakingly beautiful just the same.”
By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, April 14, 2018.